A Conversation With Secretary Robert A. McDonald

Monday, November 14, 2016
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Robert A. McDonald

Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Ellen Laipson

Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Stimson Center

Robert A. McDonald reflects on his time in office as well as his views on the challenges and priorities for veterans affairs under the new U.S. administration.

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