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Secretary of Veterans Affairs

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The Secretary of Veterans' Affairs is the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the department charged with managing veteran benefits.
General Eric Shinseki
The first Secretary of Veteran's Affairs was Edward Derwinski, who assumed the office in 1989. To date, all six appointees and four acting appointees have been United States military veterans, but that is not a requirement.

Obama's choice for this post is General Eric Shinseki; previously, he served as the 34th Chief of Staff of the Army.

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