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Thomas Murphy Named Acting VA Undersecretary for Benefits

Veterans Affairs Department logoThe Department of Veterans Affairs is set to appoint Thomas Murphy, acting principal deputy undersecretary of the Veterans Benefits Administration, as acting undersecretary for benefits at VBA.

He will succeed Danny Pummill, who will depart from the benefits undersecretary post that he has held on an acting basis since October 2015, and will also serve as principal deputy undersecretary for benefits, the VA said Thursday.

Murphy previously directed VBA’s compensation service as well as its San Juan Regional Office in Puerto Rico.

Pummill joined VBA in 2010 as the deputy director for policy and procedures for compensation service before he moved into the role as director of the VBA/Defense Department Program Office two years later and as principal deputy undersecretary for benefits in 2013.

He also spent 33 years at the U.S. Army as a soldier and an officer and later worked as a civilian employee at the Department of the Army for five years.

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