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As Ronny Jackson withdraws from Veterans Affairs nomination, a look at the future of the government’s second largest department




Veterans Affairs Secretary Nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson departs the U.S. Capitol April 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson departs the U.S. Capitol April 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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President Trump’s White House physician, Adm. Ronny Jackson, withdrew his bid Thursday to become the secretary of Veterans Affairs amid allegations that cast doubt on his leadership abilities. 

The move raised concerns over the future of the department which has faced a host of management problems in the past years. As the search for a new VA leader continues, many lawmakers are anxious over much-needed reform. We examine what does that mean to local veterans’ programs and how does that affect healthcare benefits.

Guest:

Leo Shane III, deputy editor at the Military Times covering Veterans Affairs and the White House; he tweets @LeoShane