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House approves $17B VA deal, sends it to Senate

House approves $17B VA deal, sends it to Senate

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) --The House easily passed the $17 billion deal to fix problems at the VA to allow veterans to obtain outside healthcare, add staff and improve facilities.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate approves VA Secretary Bob McDonald

Senate approves VA Secretary Bob McDonald

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) --The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm former Proctor & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald to take over the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department as secretary.
Gabrielle Levy
Obama taps Bob McDonald, former Procter & Gamble CEO, to head VA

Obama taps Bob McDonald, former Procter & Gamble CEO, to head VA

WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) --President Barack Obama will nominate Bob McDonald to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday, White House officials said.
Kate Stanton
FBI to assist with VA investigation

FBI to assist with VA investigation

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) --Officials from the U.S. Justice Department have asked the FBI to assist in the ongoing review of materials related to the ongoing VA probe.
Matt Bradwell
VA whistleblowers claim illegal retaliation, federal agency investigates

VA whistleblowers claim illegal retaliation, federal agency investigates

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) --The OSC is investigating claims that VA officials retaliated against whistleblowers who exposed the wait-time scandal that led to Eric Shinseki's resignation.
Matt Bradwell
Boehner to Obama: Fix the VA

Boehner to Obama: Fix the VA

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) --Top-ranking House Republicans sent a letter to the White House Wednesday demanding immediate action in response to the ongoing Veterans Affairs scandal.
Matt Bradwell
Senators propose competing bills to fix VA problems

Senators propose competing bills to fix VA problems

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) --Sens. Bernie Sanders and John McCain proposed competing bills this week in an effort to repair some of the problems plaguing the Veterans Affairs health system.
Gabrielle Levy
Obama's approval rating rises despite VA scandal

Obama's approval rating rises despite VA scandal

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) --President Obama's approval rating has risen 5 points since April, despite the Veterans Affairs scandal that forced former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
Matt Bradwell
Jay Carney departs as White House press secretary

Jay Carney departs as White House press secretary

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) --President Obama announced that Jay Carney is leaving the White House after serving as press secretary for the past three years
Gabrielle Levy
Shinseki resigns as head of VA

Shinseki resigns as head of VA

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) --President Obama announced that he had accepted the resignation of embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki after they met at the White House Friday.
Gabrielle Levy
Shinseki apologizes for VA snafu ahead of White House meeting

Shinseki apologizes for VA snafu ahead of White House meeting

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) --Embattled Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki was deeply apologetic, but made no indication he was preparing to leave his post.
Gabrielle Levy
Begich hit with first VA scandal ad

Begich hit with first VA scandal ad

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) --It was only a matter of time before the scandal plaguing the VA surfaced in an attack ad for the midterms.
Gabrielle Levy
VA groups slam Burr over Shinseki letter

VA groups slam Burr over Shinseki letter

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) --Sen. Richard Burr and several veterans' groups continued swiping at each other throughout the weekend over the allegations plaguing VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
Gabrielle Levy
Hagel stands by Shinseki despite VA problems

Hagel stands by Shinseki despite VA problems

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) --Add Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to the list of high-level officials standing by embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
Gabrielle Levy
Alison Lundergan Grimes: VA chief Shinseki needs to go

Alison Lundergan Grimes: VA chief Shinseki needs to go

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) --Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called for the resignation of VA head Eric Shinseki, in wake of scandal.
Aileen Graef
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki testifies before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the FY2010 budget of the Veterans Affairs Department in Washington on June 11, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Eric Ken Shinseki (pronounced /ʃɨnˈsɛki/; born November 28, 1942) is a retired United States Army four-star general who is currently serving as the 7th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. His final U.S. Army post was as the 34th Chief of Staff of the Army (1999–2003). He is a veteran of combat in Vietnam, having been left with a maimed foot.

Shinseki was born in Lihue, Kauai in the then Territory of Hawaii, to an American family of Japanese Ancestry. His grandparents immigrated from Hiroshima to Hawaii in 1901. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant. He earned a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Duke University. He was also educated at the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.

Shinseki served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the Continental United States and overseas, including two combat tours with the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions in the Republic of Vietnam as an artillery forward observer and as commander of Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment. During one of those tours, he stepped on a land mine, which blew the front off one of his feet.

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