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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: NR-349-14
June 30, 2014

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Nomination of Bob McDonald

"I welcome President Obama's nomination of Bob McDonald to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs. Bob has been one of America's premier corporate leaders and is a fellow Army veteran and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. If confirmed by Congress, he will be well-equipped to lead the VA. I also want to thank Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson for his continued leadership and hard work on behalf of America's veterans and his close partnership with the Department of Defense. Taking care of our veterans is as high a priority as this country has, and I look forward to working closely with Bob and Sloan to further strengthen and improve DoD-VA collaboration and the lives of our veterans."

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