If many of the incoming Biden administration members look familiar, they should. Many appointees of Joe Biden were former members of the Obama administration. Among them is Biden’s recent, somewhat curious, pick to head up the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Denis McDonough.

McDonough is certainly experienced. He was Obama’s chief of staff during his second term and was the deputy national security adviser. He and the president-elect are reportedly very close. If he’s confirmed, McDonough will be only the second person without military experience to lead the department of veterans affairs.

McDonough was saying all the right things at a recent press conference that announced several Biden administration appointees. 

“Taking care of our veterans is not a job for the VA alone,” McDonough said. “Every federal department and agency has a role to play. And I will fight like hell to make that happen.”

“Even though only one percent of Americans wear the uniform, under President Biden, every American will be called upon to embrace our responsibility to support our veterans and our military families.”

Biden remarked a few days ago, that McDonough had the government experience for the job.

“He knows the cost of war on veterans and their families, from the toll on their physical and mental health to access to good-paying jobs,” Biden said. “He’s a fierce advocate and a relentless workhorse.”

“And I believe, and I think everyone who’s ever worked with Denis knows, he’s a world-class manager with an innate understanding of how government can and must work for our veterans.”