There is no doubt that one of the most beleaguered agencies in the entire Obama Administration is the Department of Veterans Affairs. Unrealistic wait times, ghost schedules, and disinterested leaders have led to a long line of ailing, even dead, veterans.
Taking nothing away from the military service record of Robert McDonald, current Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the incoming administration is in the process of selecting a new agency leader who has a focus strictly on veterans’ issues. The nominees for the position include non-veteran and retiring Florida Congressman Jeff Miller and Navy veteran and Louisiana attorney, John “Bulldog” Wells.
John B. Wells, a retired Navy Commander (Surface Warfare) of Slidell, Louisiana, has worked the last 15 years as an advocate for military veterans and has represented clients in both federal and military courts throughout the United States.
“Helping veterans is my passion. We need to turn around the culture of corruption at the V.A. Previous secretaries have fallen into the morass, and been overwhelmed by the bureaucratic narrative. I can assure you that will not happen to me.”
“If I am Secretary, I will never lose sight of the goal that we are a nation that upholds President Lincoln’s promise: “To care for him (or her) who have borne the battle and for his (her) widow(er) and orphans.”
Active-duty, retired military, or civilians, who would like to see a veteran at the helm of the VA with the incoming administration,can send an email here. (Although the election is over, this site is still monitored for suggestions.) Additional information on Mr. Wells can be found here. His personal email is Johnlawesq@msn.com.