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Press Release - Readout of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Denis McDonough's Virtual Meeting with Organizations that Support Service Members, Veterans, Caregivers, and Survivors

December 23, 2020

Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Denis McDonough joined leaders of several organizations for a virtual roundtable discussion Dec. 21 for a candid and transparent conversation on a wide range of issues faced by veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. Mr. McDonough thanked the leaders for their time and said that he viewed the conversation as the start of an ongoing and regular dialogue. The conversation ranged from mental health and suicide prevention, the unique needs of minority, women, student veterans, and caregivers, as well as how to bridge the military civilian divide to better serve veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. Mr. McDonough and the leaders emphasized the importance of trust in these ongoing conversations to deliver results and to fulfill our country's most sacred obligation.

The Secretary-designee was joined by:

  • Steve Schwab, CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • Jeremy Butler, CEO, Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • Lindsay Church, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Minority Veterans of America
  • Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret), CEO, Military Officers Association of America
  • Jared Lyon, CEO, Student Veterans of America
  • Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • Lt. Gen. Michael Linnington, USA (Ret) , CEO, Wounded Warrior Project

Joseph R. Biden, Press Release - Readout of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Denis McDonough's Virtual Meeting with Organizations that Support Service Members, Veterans, Caregivers, and Survivors Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/347454