On Monday Feb. 24, Veterans Affairs (V.A) Secretary Robert McDonald apologized for lying about Special Forces. He had falsely claimed in a discussion last month that he served in the United Stated Special Forces.
According to his official biography, Robert A. McDonald graduated in 1975 from the West Point United States Military Academy. He served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division where he had gone through jungle, arctic and desert operations. He also completed Ranger training.
On Monday, CBS News captured on film the moment he apologized for making the false statement. Huffington Post first reported the event during which he was talking to a homeless veteran in Los Angeles, saying that he had also been in the Special Forces.
In his statement, McDonald said his assertion was inaccurate and apologized to everyone who might have gotten offended by his misstatement.
He added that:
“I have great respect for those who have served our nation in Special Forces. They and all veterans deserve a Department of Veterans Affairs that provides them the care and benefits they have earned.”
He continued by stating he would remain committed to bringing improvements to the veterans’ services and make extensive revisions inside the department.
White House representatives said in a statement that his apology was accepted: “Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service.” The officials added that they have taken him at his word while also hoping that the public will not be influenced by this recent event. White House doesn’t want this to impact “the important work he’s doing to promote the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans.”
On Jan. 30 during a CBS News report broadcast, Mr. McDonald’s comments were presented in regards to what the Veterans Affairs Department is dong in order to help homeless veterans. It was during this segment that Mr. McDonald was shown talking to a man and saying he was also in the Special Forces: “Special Forces – what years?” McDonald asked the man. “I was in Special Forces.” he added.
Robert McDonald, the former chief executive of Procter & Gamble was named head of the veterans department in June 2014 after a massive scandal regarding the deaths of veterans who were still waiting to receive care.
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