New Veterans Urge Swift Senate Confirmation for VA Nominees

IAVA supports President Obama’s nominations for Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Under Secretary for Health

Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2015) — President Barack Obama today announced two nominations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). IAVA urges the Senate to move quickly in confirming LaVerne Horton Council for Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, and Dr. David Shulkin, for Under Secretary for Health.

“IAVA implores the Senate to quickly confirm these nominees. There’s not a moment to waste in the effort to reform and right the VA,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff. “We continue to believe that Secretary Bob McDonald is the right man to lead this reform but he can’t do it alone. As veterans, we support his efforts to identify and recruit top-tier talent to this difficult task. We applaud the President for making these nominations and look forward to working with these two leaders in promoting solutions that will help our vets.”

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. As a non-profit founded in 2004, IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, IAVA has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided more than 8,000 veterans with personalized support from IAVA’s Master’s level social workers.