Ronny Jackson: 7 Facts About Next VA Secretary

President Trump nominated Ronny Lynn Jackson to be the new Secretary of Veteran Affairs late Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. Ronny Jackson is presently the President’s physician. Born May 4th, 1967 in Levelland, Texas, this accomplished military doctor is widely praised for his expertise and diligence. He is an active duty Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. The job of the president’s physician is to regularly check on the president’s health, be on call at all times for emergencies, issue prescriptions or referrals to specialists, and report the president’s health to the public annually.

Still, Secretary of Veterans Affairs will surely be his most challenging task yet. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the second largest governmental department (by personnel) in the country after the Department of Defense. It is responsible for providing all of the benefits and services to the nation’s 20 million veterans. The chief task is running the entire VA hospital and medical services system.

7 Fast Facts You Need to Know About Ronny Jackson, Nominee for VA Secretary - Ronny Jackson and President Barack Obama, Courtesy ABC News

#1 – Beginning in 2007, Dr. Jackson began working in the White House Medical Unit (WHMU), where he cared for then President Bush. Jackson was first appointed to the top position of Physician to the President by President Obama in 2013. As such, he has led a team of approximately 40 staff members at the White House. - State of Texas

#2 – He graduated from Texas A&M in 1991; and the University of Texas Medical School in 1995. - Emergency Medicine

#3 – Ronny Jackson is certified in Emergency Medicine. - Uniformed Services University White Coat Ceremony

#4 – He has faculty appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Beth Israel Deaconess Disaster Medicine Fellowship Program (which is associated with Harvard University). - Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

#5 – Dr. Jackson began his naval service in 1995 at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. - Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson

#6 – Rear Admiral Jackson completed one tour of duty in Iraq between 2005-2006. He served as an emergency medical physician in charge of resuscitative medicine for a Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon. - Department of Veterans Affairs - Ronny Jackson

#7 – Because Ronny Jackson has never held a management position in his career, most experts believe that he is not qualified to oversee the massive VA medical system with its nearly $200 billion budget.

One thought on “Ronny Jackson: 7 Facts About Next VA Secretary

  • March 29, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Our Congrats and Prayers for Dr. Jackson … as he takes on this very important job ….


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