2019 Distinguished Graduate Awards Ceremony at West Point

This week we went to my alma mater West Point to participate in the annual Alumni Review and the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award ceremony.  Receiving West Point’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 2017 was the greatest honor of my life. I have tried to live a life of service, guided by the ideals of West Point […]

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VA Leading Change On Opioid Use For Pain Management

I was so proud of my colleagues at the VA.  They shared their data which demonstrated a continual decline in the usage of opioids and an increase in alternative treatments for pain management that include acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, and whole health coaching.  Dr. Robert Sproul, Pharmacy Pain Program Manager and a leading voice nationally, […]

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What is The Center of Your World Map?

As a leader it is always our responsibility to escape our own ethnocentricity, work to understand other people’s culture, and empathize with their context to improve their lives.  As the Chairman, President & CEO of The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company I would go into the homes of consumers all over the world, watch them […]

Celebrating 50 Years of Our All-Volunteer Military and the Immigrants Who Strengthen It

When Captain Florence “Flo” Groberg was awarded the Medal of Honor in November 2015 for his heroic actions in Afghanistan, I was privileged to attend the White House ceremony as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. An Airborne Ranger qualified infantry officer, Flo tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, causing a second suicide bomber to detonate his […]

A Message from the 8th Secretary of Veterans Affairs About Memorial Day

On the last Monday of May, we pay tribute and acknowledge the sacrifices of courageous men and women who placed the interests of others above their own. In service to our Nation at Guadalcanal and Bastogne, the Chosin Reservoir and Pusan, at Khe Sanh, on the DMZ, in Fallujah and Kabul, and at hundreds of […]