(Tucson, Arizona ) –
After two years at the helm of the Department of Veterans
Affairs’ Health Care Administration, Dr. Jonathan Perlin has resigned. He
will take a position in the private sector that will allow him to spend more
time with his young family.
is a brilliant, young physician who always has demonstrated concern and
informed compassion for the veterans who use the VA for their health care
needs,” said John Rowan, the National President of Vietnam Veterans of
America. “He is a man of integrity and an honest broker in a department
whose huge size and complicated bureaucracy sometimes causes intrigues that
interfere with the mission. He has helped his colleagues focus on providing
the highest quality care to the veterans its serves.
provided firm leadership and a clear vision that brought out the best in the
people with whom he served at the VA.”
“It was Dr.
Perlin who acknowledged that the VA health care system was $800 million in
the hole in the waning months of fiscal year 2005, despite earlier
assurances by VA top officials that the department had the funds it needed,”
said Rowan, who was attending VVA’s National Leadership Conference in
ways, Dr. Perlin mirrored his former boss, Anthony Principi, who confronted
hard realities with candor and honesty, always holding the needs of the
veterans he served above other considerations,” Rowan said.
occasionally differed with him, we know that Dr. Perlin leaves his mark on
the VA health care system,” Rowan said. “He leaves with much to be proud of,
and he will be missed.”
VVA's point of contact for additional information is Rick
Weidman at 301-996-8557. Visit VVA’s Website at