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Secretary Principi Joins Stearns in Clay County

July 6, 2012

FORMER VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY ANTHONY PRINCIPI JOINING STEARNS FOR VISIT WITH CLAY COUNTY VETERANS ON MONDAY, JULY 9TH

 

STEARNS ASKED PRINCIPI TO MEET WITH VETERANS AND DISCUSS VA ISSUES

 

JULY 6, 2012 – Former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Anthony Principi has accepted the invitation of Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) to meet with Clay County veterans on Monday, July 9, 2012.  The meeting will take place with veterans groups at Disabled American Veterans Chapter 38, 470 Madeira Drive in Orange Park from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.  All veterans are welcome.

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.  On returning to the United States, he earned a law degree from Seaton Hall in 1975 and was assigned to the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps.    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.  He served as VA Secretary until 2005.

Under his 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.

“I’m grateful to Secretary Principi for agreeing to join me in Clay County,” said Stearns.  “Our veterans have a great deal of questions and I want them to have the opportunity to get their answers from a leading expert.  Among the issues I expect to discuss are veterans’ unemployment and homelessness, the continuing backlog at VA, the VA budget, and how Obamacare will affect the VA health care system.”

Principi also will endorse Stearns for election in Florida Congressional District 3 because of his firsthand knowledge of Stearns’ work on the House VA Committee and for Stearns’ strong record of service to veterans.


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