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
#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.
#2 – He graduated from Texas A&M in 1991; and the University of Texas Medical School in 1995.
#3 – Ronny Jackson is certified in Emergency Medicine.
#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).
#5 – Dr. Jackson began his naval service in 1995 at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.
#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.