Miller vs. McDonald: A clash of agendas and legacies for veterans

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By Tom Philpott

Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, the soon-to-retire chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, is a former deputy sheriff of Gilchrist County, Fla., who despises wrongdoing by VA department employees.

Indeed his committee, through his six years as chairman, is perceived by veteran groups as having fixated on exposing fraud, waste and abuse inside the Obama administration’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

While veteran service organizations largely praise VA Secretary Bob McDonald’s actions and those of his deputy and former West Point classmate, Sloan Gibson, since McDonald took charge amid a patient wait-time scandal in 2014 and began to reform a vast VA bureaucracy, Miller isn’t a fan.

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