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Posted at 07:59 AM on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 by post8833
(via Honolulu Star Bulletin)
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Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki of Kauai has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as secretary of veterans affairs.
The unanimous vote confirming Shinseki, the first Asian-American to lead the agency, and five other members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet came yesterday, a little more than three hours after Obama took office.
"General Shinseki has risen from humble beginnings to become the secretary of the second-largest Cabinet-level department in the federal government," Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, said in a news release issued in Washington.
"Twice wounded in Vietnam, Shinseki fought to stay in military service so he could continue to serve his country. I believe he will bring that same commitment and patriotism to his new role," Akaka said.
The senator, who chairs the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said he looked forward to working with Shinseki and Obama to help the VA fulfill its "sacred obligation to veterans and their families."
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