April 30, 1998 |
Former Army Secretary Togo West Jr. has won Senate confirmation as secretary of Veterans Affairs, a Cabinet post he has held on an acting basis since Jan. 2. The veterans post was left vacant when Jesse Brown resigned last summer and Hershel W. Gober, Clinton's first pick to replace Brown, bowed out under pressure. West joined the Army in 1969 and was commissioned an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1997
The curious heading of your Nov. 12 editorial, "The VA's Unkept Promises," was made even more so by the vague and inaccurate claims offered in its support. Your hazy references to the need for "reform" and "more responsive programs," as well as your proclamation that "new approaches are required to meet the needs of ailing veterans," might have been topical four years ago. Even VA's most vocal critics concede the transformation of the veterans' health-care system in the time since--the decentralization of its management structure to align resources around patients and its transition from an acute inpatient care focus to a system grounded in ambulatory and primary care--has been nothing short of extraordinary.
December 3, 1997 |
Army Secretary Togo West Jr., who became a forceful advocate for fair treatment of women in the nation's largest military service, was named Tuesday by President Clinton to head the huge Department of Veterans Affairs. President Clinton announced the expected move at a White House ceremony, hailing the 55-year-old lawyer as an official who "has always understood the special responsibility we owe to our men and women in uniform both during and after their years of service."
October 29, 1997 |
Army Secretary Togo D. West Jr. has emerged as President Clinton's leading candidate to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, a mammoth Cabinet-level agency that has been dogged by reports of sexual harassment within management ranks, Senate sources said Tuesday. The president focused on West after VA Deputy Secretary Hershel W.
October 25, 1997 |
A longtime Arkansas friend of President Clinton withdrew his name from consideration as secretary of Veterans Affairs on Friday when it became clear that Senate hearings would look into a charge that he had made unwanted sexual advances while serving as the agency's deputy secretary. Questions also were raised about a department inquiry into the matter. Hershel W. Gober, 60, a Vietnam War veteran, will remain as deputy secretary, according to a letter he wrote to the president.
May 18, 1995 |
The Clinton Administration is moving quietly but steadily toward establishing full diplomatic relations with Vietnam, a move that could occur before the end of the year. In the weeks since the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, there have been low-key visits and exchanges between Washington and Hanoi aimed at settling outstanding disputes and at broadening ties between the two countries.