Executive Mosaic is pleased to announce that David Shulkin, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, has been inducted into the 2018 edition of the Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of the most influential voices in the government contracting arena — for his work in providing transitioning service members and veterans access to healthcare services.
The “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life” order calls for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to devise a joint action plan that will provide those military men and women in limbo with access to treatment and mental health care services.
Shulkin says the order will work to coordinate federal assets in “mitigating challenges that prevent transitioning service members from qualifying for health care services.”
“I think both the president and I believe not only have veterans earned the right to healthcare, but that this is actually a matter of national security,” Shulkin told the Washington Examiner in an interview last fall. “If we have a system that, when people are deciding if they want to serve their country, that they don’t believe that when they get home, they have a system that’s going to take care of them that they can rely upon, the approach towards having a voluntary Army and people who want to come and protect the country is at risk, and I think we have seen some recent reports that it’s getting tougher to meet recruitment standards.”
Shulkin was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in early 2017, pledging to lead the VA’s reform and transformation efforts in a push to boost veterans’ access to healthcare in the private sector. Shulkin told lawmakers that as the under secretary of health he has advocated for more cooperation between private-sector healthcare and the VA and would try to build an “integrated system” as secretary.
“Veterans still tell us that even with the ability to seek care in the community, they want VA services,” he added. “I am going to be serious about making these changes and regaining that trust, and if I don’t do it, I should be held accountable, and you should replace me,” he said.
Shulkin’s work with Congress on extending and reforming the VA’s Choice Card program–which grew out of 2014 legislation–allows veterans to seek private care if they face a long wait time or don’t live near a VA facility.
Executive Mosaic congratulates David Shulkin and the VA for receiving this award.
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About The Wash100
This year represents our fifth annual Wash100 award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement, and vision.