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US Senate Confirms Ex-Pentagon Official Robert Wilkie to Head Veterans Affairs

© AFP 2023 / Jewel SamadUS military soldiers march during the Veterans Day Parade in New York
US military soldiers march during the Veterans Day Parade in New York - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Senate confirmed former senior Defense Department official Robert Wilkie to serve as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Wilkie's confirmation was approved by the Senate on Monday by a vote of 86-9.

Trump’s previous pick for VA chief, White House physician Ronny Jackson, withdrew his nomination amid allegations of drinking on the job and overprescribing medications.

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, leaves a Senate office building after meeting individually with some members of the committee that would vet him for the post, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Wilkie is Trump's third nominee for the Department of Veterans Affairs since taking over the Oval Office. He replaces US Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Peter O'Rourke.

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He previously served as the US Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

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