April 2, 2008, 08:00:00 AM
Peake: A Veteran Dedicated to the Welfare of Veterans
In this capacity, Dunne will be responsible for a $52 billion budget that provides compensation and pensions to nearly 4 million veterans and survivors, along with administering the successful Montgomery GI Bill educational program, VA’s home loan guaranties, one of the nation’s largest life insurance programs and other veterans’ benefits.
“Pat Dunne is a veteran who is dedicated to the welfare of other veterans,” said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “He is a respected leader inside and outside of government. With his experience, insight and commitment,
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at
Dunne replaces retired Navy Vice Admiral Daniel L. Cooper, who announced Feb. 28 he would be leaving VA on April 1 after six years managing the Department’s benefits programs.
A search commission, led by VA’s Deputy Secretary Gordon H. Mansfield, is in the process of identifying candidates for Cooper’s permanent replacement. Under federal law, the search commission must recommend at least three candidates to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, who forwards the list to the President along with any recommendations by the Secretary.
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