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Trump announces he will nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to become department’s permanent leader

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Wilkie is the son of an Army artillery commander who was wounded in combat. He served as an intelligence officer in the Navy before joining the Air Force Reserve and has worked as a senior leader at the Pentagon under former defense secretaries Robert Gates and Donald H. Rumsfeld.

In a short video address last month to VA’s 360,000 employees, he implored staff to improve internal communication so the agency is best positioned to address the needs of its clientele.

Emily Thibodeaux-Wax contributed to this report.

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