President Donald Trump is considering Palm City Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast for the position of Veterans Affairs secretary, a position still vacant after White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson withdrew his controversial nomination for the post last month.
When Dr. David Shulkin was appointed secretary of veterans affairs in February, President Donald Trump charged him with the ambitious mission of reducing the veteran suicide rate to zero. Which means that for Shulkin to truly succeed in his role as the head of an agency that on numerous occasions in recent years has been accused of fatally neglecting patients in its care, the VA will need to ensure that not a single living person who has ever served in the U.S. military dies by suicide on his watch. That’s more than 20 million people.
Congressman Brian Mast has drawn the Department of Veterans Affairs into yet another scandal. This week, the Republican and wounded Army veteran accused the Florida VA medical center where he receives treatment for his injuries of keeping portraits of President Donald Trump and Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin off its walls for political reasons.