Ben Carson: ‘We Don’t Need a Department of Veterans Affairs’

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs should be folded into the Defense Department to cut the size of the federal government.

“We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs,” the retired pediatric neurosurgeon told financial guru Dave Ramsey on his syndicated radio show. “Veterans Affairs should be folded in under the Department of Defense. And it should be a smooth transition.”

“We need to be looking at the way we take care of soldiers,” Carson said, explaining that poor treatment of veterans is why Army recruitment is down 14 percent.

“They are looking at what we are doing to our veterans,” he told Ramsey. “When a person applies for the military, they should be in a support system immediately from day one. Particularly when they go through combat, because that is when all the trauma is occurring.