FORMER VA SECRETARY PRINCIPI ENDORSES STEARNS IN THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
COMMENDS STEARNS RECORD AND DEDICATION TO VETERANS
JULY 9, 2012 – Anthony Principi, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2001 to 2005, has endorsed Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) after accepting Stearns’ invitation to meet with veterans at an event today in north central Florida. A 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Principi was awarded the Bronze Star with combat “V” for valor and several other decorations for his service in Vietnam. Principi served as VA Deputy Secretary from March 17, 1989 to September 26, 1992 and was nominated by President George W. Bush as VA Secretary, receiving Senate confirmation on January 23, 2001.
Under Principi’s tenure the VA began to work more closely with the Department of Defense in sharing records electronically to provide a seamless transition from active duty to VA for separating service members. In addition, he focused the VA on improving the highest quality care, and led efforts to expand and enhance orthopedic and prosthetic services to veterans injured in the war on terror.
“Having worked with Secretary Principi in serving our veterans, I deeply appreciate his support based upon my record and my dedication to veterans,” said Stearns. “I look forward to continuing to serve our veterans and building upon my accomplishments.”