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There’s a new Secretary in town

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Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, April 8, 2021
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The Honorable Denis Richard McDonough is flanked by Richard Klose on the left and Bill Kennedy on the right at Yellowstone National Cemetery. Courtesy photo

Left: Richard Klose, left, and Sen. Jon Tester catch a reprieve from the rain and snow that was coming down during their visit to the Yellowstone National Cemetery.

Richard Klose, left, and Sen. Jon Tester catch a reprieve from the rain and snow that was coming down during their visit to the Yellowstone National Cemetery.

On Tuesday, selected Laurel veterans including Former State Commander of the American Legion (and Laurel City Councilor) Richard Klose and historian Ed Saunders were invited, along with Bill Kennedy, who heads Friends of Yellowstone National Cemetery, to meet with the recently confirmed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough and U.S. Senator Jon Tester.

The group met at Yellowstone National Cemetery just north of Laurel as part of Secretary McDonough’s visit to Montana. He’s traveling with Sen. Tester to various veterans’ service sites to gain a better understanding of the the needs of Montana veterans, but especially veterans living in rural areas. Senator Tester is the Chair of the Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Previously, a long-time aide and Chief of Staff to former President Barack Obama, Secretary McDonough helped the Obama “administration’s work on behalf of military families and veterans and earned the trust of President Biden as a first class manager with the knowledge and vision to deliver results,” according to an official announcement on his February confirmation. As a member of the National Security Council, McDonough visited troops regularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although not a veteran himself, the Secretary will guide the nation’s second largest federal agency through the transition. While some groups have decried the choice of McDonough because they had hoped the job would go to a woman or a post 911 vet, he has been welcomed by many, including VoteVets.

“What the VA needs, more than anything, is an experienced manager with a deep depth of knowledge about how the agency works, how it interacts with other agencies, and how to quickly build the agency back even better,” said Will Fischer, with VoteVets, in a statement.

On Monday, the Secretary and Senator met with veterans at MSU Billings for a town-hall style meeting. They will repeat that at several other Montana locations this week.

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