Amid controversy over war, the warriors are 'beloved,' says Nicholson
Published: July 19, 2007
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The ongoing war in Iraq is controversial, but the warriors fighting it are not, said Jim Nicholson, who recently tendered his resignation as the U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs. "The warriors are beloved." His role as head of the nation's second largest Cabinet department since January 2005 has been "to continue to provide world-class health care and benefits and memorial services to our nation's veterans," he said. Nicholson, a Catholic and former ambassador to the Holy See, made the comments in an interview with Catholic News Service at his office at VA headquarters in Washington in June. At a July 17 press conference, Nicholson, who turns 70 next February, said he would remain on the job until Oct. 1. He said he wants to return to the private sector. He practiced law in Denver and was a successful real estate developer before he became chairman of the Republican National Committee and later an ambassador.
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