Obama appoints Ret. Gen. Shinseki to head Veterans Affairs

Obama appoints Ret. Gen. Shinseki to head Veterans Affairs

Ret. Gen. Eric Shinseki, President-elect Barack Obama's secretary of Veterans Affairs designate, makes a statement at 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/Brian Kersey)