Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald has issued an apology for claiming he served in the U.S. Army Special Forces.
Last month, during a segment on CBS News, McDonald was in a conversation with a homeless veteran and told the man he had served in the special forces. McDonald is a graduate of West Point and did serve in the 82nd Airborne Division for five years before joining Proctor & Gamble in 1980, eventually becoming its CEO.
McDonald has only been on the job since last July after the VA Hospital scandal forced President Obama to fire his predecessor General Eric Shinseki. Earlier this month, McDonald got into a row with Colorado Republican Congressman Mike Coffman at a congressional hearing over constructions delays at Denver’s VA hospital. Under tough questioning, McDonald snapped at Coffman, “I’ve run a large company, sir. What have you done?”
Coffman served in both Iraq wars.
Let’s put it another way. If misrepresenting one’s military service can cost you your job managing the Toronto Blue Jays then surely misrepresenting one’s military service should cost you your job as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.