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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.
October 31, 2007 | Walter F. Roche Jr. and James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writers
President Bush on Tuesday named a retired Army lieutenant general and executive of a firm that earns most of its revenue from federal veterans programs to head the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. The nomination of Dr. James B. Peake, 63, a decorated Vietnam veteran who was the Army's chief medical officer for four years, was announced by Bush in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. If confirmed by the Senate, Peake will replace James Nicholson, who stepped down Oct. 1.
November 1, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush moved Wednesday to fill the second of two vacancies in his Cabinet, announcing he would nominate Edward T. Schafer, a former Republican governor of North Dakota, to be the secretary of agriculture. Schafer, if confirmed by the Senate, would be responsible for winning congressional approval of an updated farm bill, which would have a broad reach across the economy and is one of the top remaining elements on the administration's domestic agenda.
December 6, 2007 | Tina Marie Macias, Times Staff Writer
Dr. James B. Peake, President Bush's nominee to head the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, assured senators during his confirmation hearing Wednesday that he would fight to improve care for military personnel injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
March 29, 2008 | Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer
The California company headed by former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi overcharged the agency some $6 million under a long-term contract to conduct physical evaluations on veterans applying for disability benefits, an audit has found. The report, released Thursday, also questioned a proposal by the Department of Veterans Affairs to amend the contract with the company -- QTC Management Inc., based in Diamond Bar -- to charge higher rates than currently authorized.
September 11, 2002
Myrtis Ann Parham, 58, is chief of policy for the Army library program, which provides books for soldiers overseas. She was working at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building just below her second-floor office. * "I notice everything about my physical surroundings now. Every time I walk into a room that is new to me, I notice where the exits are; I think about how I would escape in an emergency. When the lights go out temporarily, my heart skips a little beat.
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