WASHINGTON, DC – Veterans Affairs secretary Robert McDonald may need some of that laundry detergent he used to sell when he was head of Proctor & Gamble to clean up a mess he left behind when he, in his words, “created confusion” about his military service.
The confusion came when he told a homeless veteran, who served in the special forces, that he also was in the special forces.
A network news crew taped the encounter in Los Angeles, and it ran as part of a story about the how the VA is trying to find homeless vets and give them a place to stay.
McDonald graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1975, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division after he completed Army ranger training
He earned his ranger tab, but he was never part of a ranger battalion, and he was never in the elite special forces.
McDonald told the Huffington Post, “I wanted to clear up the confusion I probably created, I did create.”
“I have no excuses,” he went on to say. “I was not in the special forces.”
Now that the White House is calling it all a “misstatement”, and President Obama has accepted McDonald’s apology, it appears that McDonald won’t get washed away by the political tide.