The Future of the VA: Examining the Commission on Care Report and VA’s Response

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Time: 02:30 PM Location: Russell Senate Office Building SR-418

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Panel I


The Honorable Robert A. McDonald, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs

Accompanied by:

The Honorable David J. Shulkin, M.D., Under Secretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs


Panel II


Ms. Nancy M. Schlichting, Chairperson, Commission on Care

The Honorable Thomas E. Harvey, Esq., Commissioner, Commission on Care


Panel III


Mr. Jeff Steele, Assistant Director, Legislative Division, The American Legion

Ms. Joy J. Ilem, National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans

Ms. Lauren Augustine, Senior Legislative Associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

CDR. René A. Campos, USN (Ret.), Deputy Director of Government Relations, Military Officers Association of America

Mr. Carlos Fuentes, Deputy Director of National Legislative Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Mr. Richard Weidman, Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America



  1. Honorable Robert A. McDonald
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. Ms. Nancy M. Schlichting
    Commission on Care
  3. Honorable Thomas E. Harvey, Esq.
    Commission on Care
  4. Mr. Jeff Steele
    Assistant Director, Legislative Division
    The American Legion
  5. Ms. Joy J. Ilem
    National Legislative Director
    Disabled American Veterans
  6. Ms. Lauren Augustine
    Senior Legislative Associate
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  7. Rene A. Campos, USN (Ret)
    Deputy Director, Government Relations
    Military Officers Association of America
  8. Mr. Carlos Fuentes
    Deputy Director, National Legislative Service
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
  9. Mr. Rick Weidman
    Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs
    Vietnam Veterans of America

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