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VA chief Eric Shinseki is facing a tough battle, but he's seen others
VA chief Eric Shinseki is facing a tough battle, but he's seen others

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki knows adversity. As a soldier in Vietnam, he was seriously wounded twice, the second time during a second tour of duty when he stepped on a land mine and lost half of his right foot. That should have ended his Army career. Instead, he asked for, and received, a waiver to stay on active duty. His determination turned blunt force in 2003 when, as Army chief of staff, Shinseki clashed with then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over the George W. Bush administration's Iraq war strategy. Although history would prove Shinseki correct in his assessment, he retired several months later, after 38 years in the Army. The uniform was put away,...

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