Washington, D.C., December 11, 2020 – Brady strongly supports the designation of Denis McDonough to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs. This selection further demonstrates that President-elect Biden will address our nation’s most pressing problems with experienced, tried, and proven advisors. Secretary-designate McDonough will bring his decades of administrative experience to tackle the myriad and complex challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs and our nation’s veterans, including the ongoing rise in veteran suicides.

Brady President Kris Brown explained:

“Denis McDonough will bring a unique and needed perspective to leading the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Caring for our veterans is a sacred duty, and one which our country falls short of in many ways. Mr. McDonough will immediately be able to lead the VA to better care for our veterans, including addressing the epidemic of gun suicide among U.S. veterans. The suicide rate for veterans far exceeds the rate for U.S. adults in the general population. As many as 17 veterans die by suicide every day in the United States. This is a crisis and one that Mr. McDonough will be well positioned to tackle on day one. Brady looks forward to working with Secretary-designate McDonough to help address this crisis and applauds his selection to lead the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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