Murkowski Welcomes Return of VA Secretary Shinseki for President’s 2nd Term

Senator Glad Her Suggestion was Heeded by White House

WASHINGTON, DC – As the Obama administration announces wide-ranging personnel changes, Senator Lisa Murkowski today said she is glad to hear that Veterans Affairs Secretary General Eric Shinseki will be returning for the President’s second term.  Senator Murkowski sent a letter to the White House immediately after President Obama was re-elected, praising the General’s work for Alaska and the tremendous improvements seen in recent years under his leadership for the state’s veterans – urging the President to keep Shinseki in place to continue the progress made.

“Alaska has seen a dramatic sea change in the morale of VA professionals in Alaska, but more importantly, Secretary Shinseki has created a new, productive era for Alaska’s veteran community,” said Murkowski.  “Whether it’s medical care closer to home, improvements in rural services or streamlining the bureaucracy in small ways, General Shinseki’s leadership has meant positive results in our state – a study in contrasts. I told the President that I think Shinseki was the wisest of his cabinet choices, and I’m optimistic that we’ll continue seeing great strides for our men and women who served.”

(General Shinseki addresses Senator Murkowski in the Appropriations Committee, March 2012 –CLICK image to view)

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