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Newsmotion - Veterans http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/29/all en A New Solar Energy Job-Training Pilot Program for Veterans http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/new-solar-energy-job-training-pilot-program-veterans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A New Solar Energy Job-Training Pilot Program for Veterans </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 09/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Solar energy is shattering records in the United States. Since President Obama took office, installed solar power has increased 13-fold, topping nearly 16 gigawatts today &ndash; enough to power the equivalent of 3.2 million average American homes. As solar energy continues to grow, it is becoming a major source of high-paying American jobs &ndash; employing nearly 143,000 full-time professionals last year.</p> <p>During the next decade, the solar industry is slated to grow even more. The next generation of skilled professionals will be key to the industry&rsquo;s effort to meet the demand for this clean, renewable energy. That&rsquo;s why the Energy Department is launching a pilot solar installation training program to provide military veterans who are transitioning out of active duty with the skills needed to become the leaders of the nation&rsquo;s clean energy economy.</p> <p>The solar industry has long taken a leading role in hiring veterans, employing more service members than any other sector in the U.S. Building on this tradition, the <a href="http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-initiativehttp:/energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-initiative">SunShot Initiative&rsquo;s</a> <a href="http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/solar-instructor-training-network">Solar Instructor Training Network</a> &ndash; which aims to train 50,000 new solar installers in total by 2020, some of who will be veterans &ndash; is partnering with up to three military bases to create a veterans solar job training pilot project this fall.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/new-solar-energy-job-training-program-veterans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/new-solar-energy-job-training-program-veterans" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/new-solar-energy-job-training-program-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Dan Utech Energy and Environment Official United States United States Veterans White House Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:52:00 +0000 feed 332701 at http://newsmotion.org Here's What a Medal of Honor Presentation at the White House Looks Like: http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/heres-what-medal-honor-presentation-white-house-looks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here&#039;s What a Medal of Honor Presentation at the White House Looks Like: </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 09/15/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This afternoon at the White House, President Obama will <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/08/advisory-president-obama-award-medal-honor">award the Medal of Honor</a> to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for their actions in Vietnam.</p> <p>Most Americans know that the Medal of Honor is the highest military award that a member of the U.S. armed forces can receive -- but what goes into the actual award ceremony at the White House?</p> <p>In June, we went behind the scenes as the President presented the Medal of Honor to Cpl. William &quot;Kyle&quot; Carpenter, a retired United States Marine, for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/heres-what-medal-honor-presentation-white-house-looks">Take a look here -- and pass it on:</a></p> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt53GPz9dmE">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/15/heres-what-medal-honor-presentation-white-house-looks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/15/heres-what-medal-honor-presentation-white-house-looks" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/15/heres-what-medal-honor-presentation-wh...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Afghanistan Afghanistan Bennie G. Adkins David Hudson Donald P. Sloat Inside the White House Official The President United States United States Veterans Vietnam Vietnam White House William Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:54:23 +0000 feed 331573 at http://newsmotion.org Dr. Jill Biden Cheers on Team USA at the Invictus Games in London http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/dr-jill-biden-cheers-team-usa-invictus-games-london <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dr. Jill Biden Cheers on Team USA at the Invictus Games in London </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 09/14/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Leading a Presidential Delegation, Dr. Jill Biden traveled to London this weekend to join athletes representing the United States at the Invictus Games -- an international sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. &quot;These games really show the spirit of the military and how they persevere and their resilience,&quot; Dr. Biden said.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ4FKr36Za8">Watch as Dr. Biden cheers on these amazing athletes:</a></p> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ4FKr36Za8">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>This trip is part of Dr. Biden&rsquo;s ongoing efforts through the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces">Joining Forces initiative</a> to raise awareness and show appreciation for veterans, service members, and their families.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/14/dr-jill-biden-cheers-team-usa-invictus-games-london" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/14/dr-jill-biden-cheers-team-usa-invictus...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Dr. Jill Biden Jill Biden Joining Forces London London Official Sheila Nix United States United States Veterans White House Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:38:44 +0000 feed 331006 at http://newsmotion.org “You Are the Best of America”: Dr. Jill Biden on the U.S. Team Competing in the Invictus Games http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/%E2%80%9Cyou-are-best-america%E2%80%9D-dr-jill-biden-us-team-competing-invictus-games <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “You Are the Best of America”: Dr. Jill Biden on the U.S. Team Competing in the Invictus Games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 09/12/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the Naval Observatory last week, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a barbecue for the athletes representing the United States in the <a href="http://invictusgames.org/">Invictus Games</a>, an inspirational sporting event for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. &nbsp;</p> <p>In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Biden said, &quot;this barbecue is not just a way to celebrate your achievements in making the U.S. Team, it is also a small way of saying thank you&mdash;to our heroes&mdash;thank you for your service and your sacrifice.&quot;</p> <p>Watch the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjsFsNOOrto">video</a>:</p> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjsFsNOOrto">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/12/you-are-best-america-dr-jill-biden-us-team-competing-invictus-games" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/12/you-are-best-america-dr-jill-biden-us-team-competing-invictus-games" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/12/you-are-best-america-dr-jill-biden-us-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Dr. Jill Biden Jill Biden Joining Forces London Official Sheila Nix U.S. United States United States Veterans White House Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:03:42 +0000 feed 330289 at http://newsmotion.org Our Moral Obligation: President Obama Speaks to the Nation's Largest Veteran Service Organization http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/our-moral-obligation-president-obama-speaks-nations-largest-veteran-service-organizati <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our Moral Obligation: President Obama Speaks to the Nation&#039;s Largest Veteran Service Organization </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 08/26/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/americanlegion.jpg?itok=Wa8Lt9ny" alt="President Obama Delivers Remarks at the American Legion" title="President Obama Delivers Remarks at the American Legion" width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </div> <p>President Obama traveled to Charlotte, NC today to address the American Legion, the nation&rsquo;s largest veteran service organization, and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our veterans from every corner of the country and every generation:</p> <blockquote><p>In the story of your service we see the spirit of America.&nbsp; When your country needed you most, you stepped forward.&nbsp; You raised your right hand, you swore a solemn oath.&nbsp; You put on that uniform and earned the title you carry to this day -- whether Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman.</p> <p>Among you are proud veterans of World War II; of Korea; of Vietnam; of Desert Storm and the Balkans; and our newest veterans -- from Iraq and Afghanistan.&nbsp; Across the generations, you served with honor.&nbsp; You made us proud.&nbsp; And you carry the memory of friends who never came home -- our fallen, our prisoners of war, those missing in action -- heroes that our nation can never forget.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/our-moral-obligation-president-obama-speaks-nations-largest-veteran-service-organiza" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/our-moral-obligation-president-obama-speaks-nations-largest-veteran-service-organiza" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/our-moral-obligation-president-obama-s...</a> </div> </div> </div> Afghanistan Afghanistan Balkans Barack Obama Biden Bob McDonnell Charlotte Charlotte Coast Guardsman Iraq Iraq Koby Langley Koby Langley Steve Parker North Carolina Obama Delivers Remarks Official Pakistan Pete Souza soldier Steve Parker The President United States Veterans Virginia WASHINGTON White House Wounded Warrior Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:44:22 +0000 feed 323613 at http://newsmotion.org Working Together to Support Our Military Families http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/working-together-support-our-military-families <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Working Together to Support Our Military Families </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 08/26/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every day, the men and women of our military perform incredible service on behalf of our country. And as the President has made clear, just as our service members have made a commitment to America, we have a commitment to them &ndash; to have their backs at home while they serve around the world.</p> <p>A new partnership announced today by President Obama with leading banks and financial services institutions is part of meeting that commitment by making it easier for service members to access important financial protections that will save them money and help protect their financial wellbeing.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/26/remarks-president-american-legion-national-convention">In a speech at the American Legion&#39;s 96th National Convention today</a>, the President outlined how his Administration and five of the country&rsquo;s largest mortgage servicers are working together to help more members of our active-duty military lower their monthly mortgage payments. Our preliminary analysis suggests that this new partnership will help tens of thousands of military families save money by reducing their mortgage interest rates. On a $200,000 mortgage, even an interest rate reduction of only 1 percent will result in over $1,500 a year in savings for our military families &ndash; money they can put toward daily expenses, retirement savings, or sending their children to college.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/working-together-support-our-military-families" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/working-together-support-our-military-families" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/working-together-support-our-military-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama Jeff Zients Jeffrey Zients Official The President Veterans White House Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:35:32 +0000 feed 323615 at http://newsmotion.org The President and Vice President Meet the Nation's Oldest Living Female Veteran: http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-and-vice-president-meet-nations-oldest-living-female-veteran <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The President and Vice President Meet the Nation&#039;s Oldest Living Female Veteran: </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 08/26/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At 108 years old, Lucy Coffey, a veteran of the Women&#39;s Army Corps in World War II, is the nation&#39;s oldest living female veteran.</p> <p>Last month, a dream of hers came true when she finally had the opportunity to visit the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. But while she was in the area, she also stopped by the White House &mdash; where she was greeted by none other than President Obama and Vice President Biden.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/president-and-vice-president-meet-nations-oldest-living-female-veteran">Watch the video below &mdash; we&#39;re sure it will make your day:</a></p> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akYnWL1MD3E">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/president-and-vice-president-meet-nations-oldest-living-female-veteran" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/president-and-vice-president-meet-nations-oldest-living-female-veteran" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/president-and-vice-president-meet-nati...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Arlington David Hudson Kansas City Lucy Coffey Official The President The Vice President Veterans Washington D.C. White House Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:11:45 +0000 feed 323616 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Signs Bill to Give the VA the Resources It Needs http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-signs-bill-give-va-resources-it-needs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Signs Bill to Give the VA the Resources It Needs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 08/07/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/p080714ps-0427_0.jpg?itok=8MpBYc_r" alt="President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans&#039; Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014" title="President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans&#039; Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014" width="430" height="286" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 7, 2014. The bill provides the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </div> <p>Earlier today, President Obama traveled to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to sign a reform bill giving the Department of Veterans Affairs the necessary resources to improve access and quality of care for the men and women who have served our country in uniform.</p> <p>In remarks before the bill signing, President Obama addressed the misconduct that has taken place at some VA facilities across the country &mdash; veterans being denied the care they need, or long wait times being covered up.</p> <p>&quot;This is wrong,&quot; the President emphasized. &quot;It was outrageous. And working together, we set out to fix it and do right by our veterans across the board, no matter how long it took.&quot;</p> <blockquote><p>We&rsquo;ve already taken the first steps to change the way the VA does business.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve held people accountable for misconduct. Some have already been relieved of their duties, and investigations are ongoing.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve reached out to more than 215,000 veterans so far to make sure that we&rsquo;re getting them off wait lists and into clinics both inside and outside the VA system.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&rsquo;re moving ahead with urgent reforms, including stronger management and leadership and oversight.&nbsp;And we&rsquo;re instituting a critical culture of accountability -- rebuilding our leadership team, starting at the top with Secretary McDonald.&nbsp;And one of his first acts is that he&rsquo;s directed all VA health care facilities to hold town halls to hear directly from the veterans that they serve to make sure that we&rsquo;re hearing honest assessments about what&rsquo;s going on.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/07/president-obama-signs-bill-give-va-resources-it-needs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/07/president-obama-signs-bill-give-va-resources-it-needs" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/07/president-obama-signs-bill-give-va-res...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama Cameron Brenchley Fort Belvoir Jill Biden Michelle Obama Official Pete Souza The President Veterans Virginia Virginia White House Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:44:19 +0000 feed 316191 at http://newsmotion.org The First Lady: Veteran Homelessness Is a “Stain on the Soul of This Nation” http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/first-lady-veteran-homelessness-%E2%80%9Cstain-soul-nation%E2%80%9D <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The First Lady: Veteran Homelessness Is a “Stain on the Soul of This Nation” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 08/01/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/p073114ck-0083.jpg?itok=7RaDe4O1" alt="The First Lady addresses the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness" title="The First Lady addresses the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness" width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> First Lady Michelle Obama, in support of the Joining Forces initiative, addresses the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) </p> </div> </div> <p>They risked their lives for our country, yet each night tens of thousands of veterans are sleeping in shelters, in their car, or on the street. Across the country, there are more than 58,000 homeless veterans, a staggering number that First Lady Michelle Obama called &ldquo;a stain on the soul of this nation,&rdquo; during a speech yesterday at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.</p> <h2> &quot;But as Americans, the idea that anyone who has worn our country&rsquo;s uniform spends their nights sleeping on the ground should horrify us.&quot;&nbsp;</h2> <blockquote><p>And so it is truly our duty to right this wrong and put an end to veteran homelessness, once and for all.&nbsp;</p> <p>But that moral and patriotic duty is only part of the reason why ending veteran homelessness is so critical.&nbsp;As we all know, ending homelessness for our veterans can also be a crucial first step -- a proof point -- to show that we can end homelessness for everyone in this country, too.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/01/first-lady-veteran-homelessness-stain-soul-nation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/01/first-lady-veteran-homelessness-stain-soul-nation" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/01/first-lady-veteran-homelessness-stain-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Cameron Brenchley Chuck Kennedy Michelle Obama Official The First Lady Veterans Washington Washington D.C. White House Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:59:43 +0000 feed 314426 at http://newsmotion.org Bob McDonald Confirmed as the Next Secretary of Veterans Affairs http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/bob-mcdonald-confirmed-next-secretary-veterans-affairs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bob McDonald Confirmed as the Next Secretary of Veterans Affairs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 07/29/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This afternoon, in a 97-0 vote, the Senate confirmed Robert &quot;Bob&quot; McDonald to serve as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.</p> <p>In a statement, President Obama applauded the Senate for the confirmation, noting that McDonald is &quot;uniquely equipped&quot; to lead the Department:</p> <blockquote><p class="p1">I applaud the overwhelming, bipartisan confirmation of Bob McDonald as our next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.&nbsp; As a veteran himself and a proud member of a military family, Bob is deeply committed to serving our veterans and their families.&nbsp; And as an executive with decades of private-sector experience, he is uniquely equipped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to help change the way the VA does business.&nbsp; As a country, we have a solemn duty to serve our veterans as well as they have served us.&nbsp; I know Bob will help us honor that commitment and make sure every veteran gets the care they deserve, the benefits they&rsquo;ve earned, and the chance to pursue the American Dream they&rsquo;ve risked so much to protect. &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/bob-mcdonald-confirmed-next-secretary-veterans-affairs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/bob-mcdonald-confirmed-next-secretary-veterans-affairs" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/bob-mcdonald-confirmed-next-secretary-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama Bob McDonald David Hudson Joe Biden Official Pete Souza robert Robert A. Veterans Washington D.C. White House Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:52:42 +0000 feed 312999 at http://newsmotion.org