Sloan Gibson Named Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary

Veterans Affairs Department logoSloan Gibson, deputy veterans affairs secretary for nearly three months, will take over leadership of the VA on an acting basis following the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki, President Barack Obama announced Friday morning.

Gibson served as president and CEO of the United Services Organizations for five years prior to his Senate confirmation as deputy VA secretary in February and led USO through a period that saw its net fundraising grow by 90 percent.

He is also a former vice chairman and chief financial officer at AmSouth, which became listed on the S&P 500 during his tenure there.

Shinseki, a retired four-star Army general, was sworn into the VA secretary post in January 2009 and led the department’s efforts to further adopt an electronic claims system and shift away from a paper-based setup.

The 38-year Army veteran served as the branch’s chief of staff between 1999 and 2003 deputy chief of staff from 1998 to 1999 and also held commanding general posts simultaneously for both the Army and NATO.

His commanding general roles were in the U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, as well as  NATO Land Forces for Central Europe.

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