You walk into one of our rooms where ... decisions are being made about disabilities for veterans (and) see individuals sitting at a desk with stacks of paper that go up halfway to the ceiling. And as they finish one pile, another pile comes inVA chief vows to speed disability claims Feb 10, 2009
Senate can act on his nomination as soon as it is received, potentially the afternoon of Jan. 20Shinseki hearing before inauguration Dec 15, 2008
The significance of this stately memorial lies not just in the strength of steel but in the soul of a generation of ordinary Americans who came forward to serve their country in extraordinary waysEnd of WW II commemorated at Pearl Harbor Sep 03, 2010
The leaders of the Gulf fear that Washington will go after ... countries deemed subversive, especially Iraq. If these are the intentions of the United States, the abyss that separates the West from the Arab-Muslim world will deepen and the worst is to be fearedAnalysis: Are war drums beating for Iraq? Dec 15, 2001
We intend to break the back of the backlog this yearVA says it's whittling down claims backlog Aug 31, 2010
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.