Alabama's lead veterans affairs official meets with Secretary Shulkin in Washington

WASHINGTON  (Gray DC) -- As we approach the end of Veterans and Military Families month, the Trump administration is hosting a discussion on how to improve veterans' lives moving forward.

State and local officials from all over the country traveled to Washington on Wednesday, and had a chance to spend a few hours with U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

Shulkin said it’s essential for his agency to work with state and local governments.
He also said, he’s focused on cutting federal government regulations that could be serving as a roadblock.

He said, “So what we’ve looking to hear from our state veterans’ directors is what can we do in the federal government to make their jobs easier, to serve veterans easier, and what’s the red tape and regulations that we can get rid of in the federal government.”

The Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, Clyde Marsh, was among the dozens of state and local officials who met with Secretary Shulkin.

Marsh said, “We wanted to work with the VA so we could look at all of the different avenues of helping veterans. In home healthcare, local veterans’ homes, paid veterans care, and our state institutional homes that provide veterans care to make sure that we have available options to in all of the particular areas of long-term care.”

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