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28 November 2008

Max Cleland Being Considered For Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland, who lost an arm and two legs while serving the nation in Vietnam, is being considered by President-elect Obama for the post of Secretary of Veterans Affairs according to reports from NBC News and the Associated Press [Sources:, "The Obama cabinet speculation list", November 26, 2008; Associated Press, "Obama weighs names for top posts", November 26, 2008].

In 1977, President Carter named Cleland as the head of the Veterans Administration making him the youngest person and first Vietnam vet to hold the job. After President Carter lost his re-election bid in 1980, Cleland left the V.A. post and returned home to Georgia where he served fourteen years as Secretary of State before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996.

The New York Times published a profile of Max Cleland in its Thursday paper writing that Cleland would bring "a strong military background as a former Army captain and federal experience in veterans affairs" to the job if nominated by Obama to be Secretary of the V.A. [Source: New York Times, "The New Team - Max Cleland", November 27, 2008]

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