Statement of Senator Barack Obama on Nomination of Dr. James Peake as VA Secretary
"It is my hope that the nomination of Dr. James Peake brings a new era of leadership to the VA, one that honors its sacred trust with our nation's veterans. The men and women who have chosen to serve this country deserve leadership that honors their incredible sacrifice. But under this administration, we have seen the VA tolerate billion-dollar budget shortfalls, exclude a million veterans from VA care, provide inadequate care for those suffering from PTSD, allow long waiting lists for benefits, and fail to catch breakdowns in VA hospital quality. I look forward to hearing from Dr. Peake about just how he plans to improve care and services for our veterans."