VA secretary apologizes for misstating military record -

VA secretary apologizes for misstating military record

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is apologizing for misstating that he served in the military’s special forces.

McDonald made the erroneous claim while speaking to a homeless veteran during a segment that aired last month on “CBS Evening News.”

McDonald now says “that was inaccurate.”

The secretary apologized in a statement Monday “to anyone that was offended” by his mistaken claim that he was a special forces member. He says he remains committed “to the ongoing effort to reform VA.”

The VA website says McDonald is an Army veteran who completed Ranger training and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal when he left the military. President Barack Obama chose the former Procter & Gamble CEO to take over the scandal-plagued VA last year, and McDonald took office last July.

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