Acting chief has just 3 months at VA

  • Updated: May 30, 2014 - 9:17 PM

The man who is temporarily replacing Eric Shinseki as secretary of Veterans Affairs is a U.S. Military Academy graduate, a onetime banker and a former chief executive of the USO who joined the Department of Veterans Affairs just three months ago. The acting secretary, Sloan Gibson, was confirmed by the Senate in February to be Shinseki’s deputy. President Obama on Friday elevated Gibson while the White House searches for a permanent replacement. “Sloan, I think, would be the first to acknowledge that he’s going to have a learning curve that he’s got to deal with,” Obama said. The son of a member of the Army Air Corps who served as a B-17 tail gunner during World War II, Gibson graduated from West Point in 1975 and later obtained a master’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a master’s in public administration from Harvard. In his new Veterans Affairs post, he will be charged with the immediate task of getting veterans off long waiting lists to see doctors.

New York Times

 

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  • Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson leaves the White House in Washington, Friday, May 30, 2014, after being named by President Barack Obama to run the Veterans Affairs Department on an interim basis while Obama searches for a replacement for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki who resigned Friday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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