December 6th, 2008
10:22 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama to name secretary of veterans affairs Sunday

(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.

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Psbro

    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.

    December 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Julie from LA

    Please, not Webb or Murtha. They are practically Republicans.

    Someone like Tammy Duckworth would be fantastic.

    December 6, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. andrew

    How bout Max Cleland? Just to spite Saxby..jerk

    December 6, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Cricket

    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.

    December 6, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Woodman

    Tammy Duckworth? Max Cleland? Evan Bayh?

    December 6, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |


    December 6, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Denise, SC

    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.

    December 6, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Kelly

    Tammy Duckworth?

    December 6, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. jess

    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 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]

    December 6, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    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.

    December 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. L-Tenn

    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.

    December 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    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.

    December 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Stephen

    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?

    December 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Tony Morales

    Kerry or that woman from Ill. Cant remember her name
    She has no legs.....
    what is her name????

    December 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Jon

    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.

    December 6, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. moonbeam

    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.

    December 6, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. geoffrey ellis aronson

    Max Cleland

    December 6, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. tiffany in ohio

    could it be McSAME hmmmm????

    December 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Brian Sinykin

    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.


    December 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. jcs,annapolis, MD

    Maryland LtGov Anthony Brown. Army reservist, spent time in Iraq, was at Harvard Law with BHO

    December 6, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. sick n tired

    For veteran's sake I hope it's not John McCain!

    December 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. John Marshall, Ohio

    I would love to Senator Max Cleland in this role

    December 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Mary-Anne Heller

    Former Georgia Senator Max Clelland would be an excellent choice.

    December 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. richard

    Tammy Tammy Tammy *fingers crossed*

    December 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Sue in MI

    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.

    December 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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