(CNN) – A source in the Obama transition reveals President-elect Barack Obama will announce his choice for Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sunday at a news conference scheduled on Pearl Harbor Day and intended to highlight the service of veterans and current service members.
I'm hoping for Tammy Duckworth, double amputee & great American from Illinois to be the head of Veterans Affairs. It would also be the first female if I'm not mistaken. Her nomination would sail thru in a heartbeat.
Please, not Webb or Murtha. They are practically Republicans.
Someone like Tammy Duckworth would be fantastic.
How bout Max Cleland? Just to spite Saxby..jerk
Chuck Hagel might be a good choice also. Of course Jim Webb is equally qualified and both men have shown great support for our troops.
Tammy Duckworth? Max Cleland? Evan Bayh?
Max Cleland (Former Senator from GA) should be Obama's choice for Sec. of Veteran Affairs. A a war hero and triple amputee, he will fight hard to bring all veterans the rights and diginty they deserve.
isn't this what you get , when stop teaching morals and valuals and let your young people think everything.goes nothing is out of bounds,don't blame them just be careful what we say and do in front of them.so when we look at this picture of Sen.clinton and those two young men .we see what we all have become.[disrepectful,greatful and dishonest]
I do hope it is the double amputee who served in Iraq. I can't recall her name. But she know the plight of our returning Iraq Veterans.
This appointment should be a veteran who understands the plight of all veterans and is committed to act in their behalf, not the self-serving interests of the Pentagon.
Even in the name of being "bipartisan", McCain's name won't float to the top of anyone's list. He voted against every veteran's benefit for the past 6 years.
Senator John Kerry, Colin Powell, Senator John McCain, Senator Chuck Hagel...
Really no speculation? Come on is this appointment such a a disappointment that CNN won't even speculate?
Kerry or that woman from Ill. Cant remember her name
She has no legs.....
what is her name????
He is going to appoint the completely unqualified and inexperienced Tammy Duckworth. For the mere fact that she is a Democrat who also happened to be grievously wounded in Iraq. It will be the new, socially-sensitive, pity-based affirmative action of the future of this country. Forget about whether they are qualified, let's put them in because it makes us feel good. Sort of like Obama himself.
An excellent choice might be Bob Filner, Congressman from CA. He has been a strong supporter of veterans and worked tirelessly to promote better health care and support, especially for wounded vets.
could it be McSAME hmmmm????
Obama now has a site were you can see what they are doing and also send them your ideas as to what needs to be down and how to do it. I did this and the following is what was submitted.
There is a current program that should work if you change how it is now being implemented.
The current program includes the VA's Extended Use Lease (EUL) unused land program and State government funding programs.
We can use a building that is on the VA campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The State of Minnesota put up the money for two sites, one temporary and one permanent. The Minneapolis site is the permanent site.
The building is a beautiful building. However building mistakes are now showing up and that is where it stops. I have been trying to get the VA (both Washington’s EUL department and the local Director at the Minneapolis Hospital), Hennepin County (They own the building), the Minnesota Housing and Finance Authority (they are on of the oversite groups) and the State of Minnesota’s Audit Department (They check on how the money was spent and is it following the intended use.), to correct what is wrong with the way this Permanent Supportive Housing for the Homeless is being run. Currently around 20+ Veterans have been put back on the streets, 5+ have died (two by suicide). The building is only two years old.
Hennepin County and the current building management refuse to follow the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act which would have provided the outline for what supportive programs should be in place and are not.
PLEASE! PLEASE! HELP ME HELP THE 90 VETERASN IN THIS PROGRAM AND THEN WE WOULD ALSO HAVE A BETA-SITE FOR WHAT FUTURE PROGRAMS LIKE THIS SHOULD BE LIKE.
Maryland LtGov Anthony Brown. Army reservist, spent time in Iraq, was at Harvard Law with BHO
For veteran's sake I hope it's not John McCain!
I would love to Senator Max Cleland in this role
Former Georgia Senator Max Clelland would be an excellent choice.
Tammy Tammy Tammy *fingers crossed*
I pray it isn't McCain, who pretends to support vets but votes down every attempt to honor and help them. Murtha would be good.