VA Secy Admits He Lied to Homeless Vet About Serving in Special Forces
Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is in hot water after lying about his military experience.
McDonald was caught on camera earlier this year having a brief conversation with a homeless veteran. He told the man that he served in the special forces, but he has now admitted he never did.
Fox News reported:
McDonald made the claim in January while he was in Los Angeles as part of the VA's effort to locate and house homeless veterans. During the tour, a homeless man told McDonald that he had served in the special operations forces.
"Special forces? What years?" McDonald responded. "I was in special forces." The exchange was broadcast on "The CBS Evening News" Jan. 30. McDonald's misstatement was first reported by The Huffington Post.
McDonald graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975 and completed Army Ranger training before being assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division until his retirement in 1980. According to the Huffington Post, while McDonald was formally recognized as a graduate of Ranger School, he never actually served in a Ranger battalion or other special operations unit.
The VA released a statement Monday where McDonald stated, "While I was in Los Angeles, engaging a homeless individual to determine his veteran status, I asked the man where he had served in the military. He responded that he had served in special forces. I incorrectly stated that I had been in special forces. That was inaccurate and I apologize to anyone that was offended by my misstatement."
McDonald also made headlines a few weeks ago when he challenged a military veteran lawmaker at a House hearing.
"I've run a large company, sir. What have you done?" McDonald told Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), who's actually the only member of Congress to serve in both Iraq wars.
The former Procter & Gamble CEO took over the embattled department last summer following the scandal over inadequate medical care for veterans.