Gordon Mansfield, deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, is set to become the departments acting secretary starting on Oct. 1. He follows Secretary Jim Nicholson, who announced his resignation in July.
Mansfield, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who sustained a spinal injury in 1968 during the Tet Offensive, will head the agency until the next nominee is confirmed by the Senate. He was appointed by President Bush in November 2003, and has served as chief operating officer for the governments second largest department. Mansfield, 66, previously served as the VAs assistant secretary for congressional and legislative affairs. Prior to joining the department, he served as executive director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America organization.
On Tuesday, Nicholson delivered his final speech to VA employees, whom he praised as a dedicated group with extremely compassionate hearts, according to the Associated Press. Nicholson announced his resignation after poor quality-of-care conditions surfaced at the Defense Departments Walter Reed Army Medical Center and some VA facilities. -- by Matthew DoBias
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