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VA Secretary Touts the Great Work Done on Behalf of Veterans

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald (AP Photo/Ron Sachs)

By    |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 03:12 PM

All's well that ends well, according to the exit memo published Thursday by Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald.

Though his agency has been riddled by scandal the past two years, McDonald put forth a flattering look at how well his agency has performed in his memo titled, "Caring for Those Who Have Borne the Battle."

"As 2016 ends, we are now serving more homeless Veterans and those at risk of homelessness than ever before with specialized services," McDonald's memo read. "Our results are measurable and dramatic."

Missing from the report were steps the VA has taken to ensure 200 more vets do not die while stuck on a waiting list.

"We're growing a culture at every level of VA that focuses on the consistent delivery of value, elimination of waste, and the resolution of bottlenecks that hinder delivery of high quality services and benefits," McDonald's memo read.

Missing was what the agency has done to ensure a culture of accountability instead of whistleblowers still facing retaliation.

"When the 115th Congress gets to work in the next year, the decision to pass the legislation Veterans need should be a top priority," McDonald wrote. "Let's leave divisiveness and partisanship behind and make our actions singularly about what is best for Veterans. It’s the right thing to do."

For critics, the right thing to do is appoint a new secretary.

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