VA Secretary Apologizes for False Claim that He Served in Special Forces

Second major correction for new VA Secretary this week.

By Published on February 24, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has apologized for making false claims about having served in the the U.S. military’s elite special operations forces, the latest scandal to hit the besieged department.

The incident, first reported Monday by The Huffington Post, took place last month as the new secretary participated in an overnight count of homeless veterans in the Los Angeles area. The event is an annual survey of the homeless population, with volunteers engaging with individuals living on the streets to learn about their backgrounds and challenges.


The apology is the second major correction for McDonald in the last week. In a Feb. 15 appearance on Meet the Press, he claimed that 60 department workers had been fired in recent months for problems related to the VA’s wait time scandal, but later backtracked to say only eight had lost their jobs.

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