Shinseki Gets Nod for Veterans Affairs Chief

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama has picked retired Gen. Eric K. Shinseki to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary. The formal announcement is expected Sunday.

In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" to be broadcast Sunday, Obama said the former Army chief of staff is exactly the right person to assure that troops are honored when they come home.

Shinseki was removed from that post after challenging the Bush administration by saying several hundred thousand more U.S. troops would be needed to control Iraq after the invasion.

Shinseki is the first Army four-star general of Japanese-American ancestry.

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