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Ex-top surgeon is OKd to head VA

December 15, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

The Senate confirmed James B. Peake, a former Army surgeon general, as Veterans Affairs secretary.

Retired Lt. Gen. Peake, 63, the son of a medical services officer and Army nurse, has spent 40 years in military medicine. He retired from the Army in 2004 after being lead commander in several medical posts, including four years as Army surgeon general.

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