OBAMA PICKS GARY NA­TIVE TO LEAD VET­ER­ANS AF­FAIRS

Post-Tribune - - News - BY JULIE PACE

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama plans to nom­i­nate for­mer Proc­ter & Gam­ble ex­ec­u­tive Robert McDon­ald as the next Vet­er­ans Af­fairs sec­re­tary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency be­set by treat­ment de­lays and strug­gling to deal with an in­flux of new vet­er­ans re­turn­ing from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said Obama would an­nounce McDon­ald’s ap­point­ment Mon­day. If con­firmed by the Se­nate, McDon­ald would suc­ceed Eric Shin­seki, the re­tired four- star gen­eral who re­signed last month as the scope of the is­sues at vet­er­ans’ hos­pi­tals be­came ap­par­ent.

In tap­ping McDon­ald for the post, Obama is sig­nal­ing his de­sire to in­stall a VA chief with broad man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence. McDon­ald also has a mil­i­tary back­ground, grad­u­at­ing near the top of his class at the U.S. Mil­i­tary Academy at West Point and serv­ing as a cap­tain in the Army, pri­mar­ily in the 82nd Air­borne Di­vi­sion.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial in­sisted on anonymity in or­der to con­firm McDon­ald’s ap­point­ment be­fore the pres­i­dent’s an­nounce­ment. As­so­ci­ated Press writer Tom Raum

contributed to this re­port.

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