Obama appoints Ret. Gen. Shinseki to head Veterans Affairs

Obama appoints Ret. Gen. Shinseki to head Veterans Affairs

Ret. Gen. Eric Shinseki, the new secretary of Veterans Affairs, is framed by American flags as he stands with President-elect Barack Obama (not shown) during a news conference on December 7, 2008 in Chicago. Shinseki was forced into retirement by the Bush administration after stating that the original invasion plan for Iraq needed to include more troops. (UPI Photo/Ralf-Finn Hestoft/Pool)