WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Major misstatement of the facts. This time, it comes from a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet. CBS News captured the Secretary of Veterans Affairs bragging about being in the special forces—but it’s a false claim he now admits to.

Mary Bubala has more.

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The exchange happened in January as a CBS News crew followed Secretary Robert McDonald. He was touring the streets of Los Angeles counting homeless veterans as part of a VA program to help them find housing.

The veteran said he was part of special forces and McDonald said he was, too, and asked the veteran which years.

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But McDonald was not in the special forces. Instead, he served mostly with the 82nd Airborne division as a paratrooper. His discrepancy was first reported by Huffington Post and late Monday afternoon, he spoke out about his exaggeration.

“I made a mistake. I apologize for that. I have no excuse for it,” McDonald said. “It was a misstatement. It was a mistake.”

McDonald is a West Point graduate handpicked by President Obama to clean up a Veterans Affairs department plagued by scandal. Obama says he’s taking McDonald at his word that this was a misstatement on the fly and not a pattern of exaggeration.

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McDonald took office in July. He’s the former CEO of Proctor & Gamble.