Robert A. McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in an effort to draw a veteran on the street into conversation, asked about the man’s military service. Encouraging the man, McDonald said he, too, had served in the Army. When the man said he had been in special forces, McDonald went along, saying he, too, had been with special forces.
Today, McDonald said he had misspoken, that he had not served in special forces.
Newscasters suggested the reaction of veterans to McDonald’s misstatement should determine his future with the VA.
The story went on to say that, after graduating from West Point, McDonald served five years of active duty in the U.S. Army where he completed Army Ranger training before becoming part of the 82nd Airborne.
The Vietnam veteran at my house, after hearing McDonald’s record, said: “Good enough.”