Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.”
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.
This afternoon the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold its nomination hearing for Robert Wilke to be the new VA Secretary. The challenges facing whoever becomes the next VA secretary are many and they are wicked. Among the most challenging issues the new secretary will face is the requirement to manage the political environment around the idea of increasing the privatization of veteran healthcare. (Recently the term “privatization” has fallen out of the lexicon in favor of a more focus-group approved term, “community care”.)