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It Shouldn't Be This Hard to Serve Your Country

Our Broken Government and the Plight of Veterans
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The former VA secretary describes his fight to save health care from politics and money - and how it was ultimately derailed by a small group of unelected officials with influence in the Trump White House.

Known in health care circles for his ability to fix ailing hospitals, Dr. David Shulkin was originally brought into government by President Obama, in an attempt to save the broken Department of Veterans Affairs. When President Trump made him VA secretary, Dr. Shulkin was as shocked as anyone.

Yet this surprise was trivial compared to what Shulkin encountered as the VA secretary: a team of political appointees devoted to stopping anyone - including the secretary himself - who stood in the way of privatizing the organization and implementing their agenda. In this uninhibited memoir, Shulkin opens up about why the government has long struggled to get good medical care to military veterans and the plan he had for how to address these problems. This is a book about the commitment we make to the people who risk their lives for our country, how and why we've failed to honor it, and why the new administration may be taking us in the wrong direction.

©2019 David Shulkin (P)2019 PublicAffairs

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"From the moment David Shulkin was appointed secretary of the VA, Trump's corporate henchmen put a target on his back to achieve their aim of shutting down the VA hospital system. Shulkin, the highest-ranking person to serve in both the Obama and Trump administrations, provides play-by-play detail of his tumultuous tenure and spells out the ongoing threats to the VA. A harrowing and important story." (Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

"A painful-to-swallow story of a political environment gone toxic. And as Dr. Shulkin points out, the casualty isn't the loss of another government servant-it's our veterans." (General (ret.) Stanley McChrystal)

"This is a very important book. I hope Americans who care about our veterans will take the time to read it. The title of the book says it all, but what's inside is a compelling story - a cautionary tale for all citizens who care about recruiting talented people to serve our government." (Bob Kerrey, former senator, former governor of Nebraska, and recipient of the Medal of Honor)

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  • Wayne Thompson
  • 05/11/2019

Chilling account of the mechanics involved in the attempts to privatize the VA

This book was and enlightening window into the positioning and tactics of the Washington elite in their attempts to move the veterans administration towards private medical care institutions and destabilizing this all too important branch of government. I was attracted to this account because it was written by a scientist a person who is well skilled in the arts of critical thinking and as such I knew I could get an unbiased account the incidents.

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  • Christa Floresca
  • 01/11/2019

Wish there were more leaders like him

Great book with lots of insight into the VA system and the important role the VA plays for our nation's heros.

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  • MonaLesa
  • 26/10/2019

Every VA Employee should read/listen to this book.

This is a powerful witness to the passion and commitment for all who work for the VA have to our nations' Veterans.