Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after President Bush nominated Gen. James Peake to be the new Department of Veterans Affairs:
“With the military and VA increasingly stretched thin by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is long past time that the President put in place a new Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
“The Veterans Administration has been without a Cabinet Secretary at its helm for three months, creating a vacuum of leadership at a time when a new generation of wounded warriors needs innovative and effective care. The agency needs strong, stable leadership to reverse a series of major missteps by the Bush Administration. From the enormous task of streamlining and improving the military and veterans disability systems, to implementing a joint electronic medical record, to caring for the large number of returning veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), we hope Gen. Peake will demonstrate to Congress that he can provide the VA with the strong leadership to make the monumental changes that our veterans deserve.
“I look forward to the Veterans Affairs Committee carefully reviewing Gen. Peake’s nomination.”