Robert Wilkie (Photo: Cpl. Dallas Johnson/US Marine Corps)

Robert Wilkie has had it with people stereotyping veterans as victims — or at least that's the framing of a recent letter the Veterans Affairs secretary fired off to the American Federation of Government Employees on Monday, the largest union of federal employees in the United States.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Robert Wilkie (Photo: Cpl. Dallas Johnson/US Marine Corps)

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie will no longer attend the Student Veterans of America National Conference on Thursday, where he was scheduled to give a speech to about 2,000 student veterans from across the country.

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The persistence of serious problems endangering America's veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC has employees begging Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie for assistance.

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The son of a soldier wounded during the Vietnam War, he claims he was born in “khaki diapers.” Now, former Department of Defense under secretary for personnel and readiness Robert Wilkie seems poised to wade into the mess that is the Department of Veterans Affairs  — and, if all goes according to plan, restore good order and discipline to the troubled agency.

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President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Robert Wilkie, the current acting VA secretary, to oversee the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday — an announcement that, as USA Today notes, will likely be a surprise to Wilkie.

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