President nominates new Veterans Affairs secretary

Robert McDonald is former CEO of Procter & Gamble

WASHINGTON - President Obama tapped a former Army captain and CEO of Proctor & Gamble to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"This will not be an easy assignment, but Robert McDonald has faced adversity before," Obama said.

McDonald headed up Proctor & Gamble, the makers of a number of household products.  

"With anyone new, we just have to wait and see. I'm sure he'll have his own way of doing things," said Gilbert Larocque, an Army veteran who fought in Vietnam.  

San Diego's VA Healthcare System has the largest Iraq and Afghanistan veteran population in the country but fared pretty well during a recent audit.

It was not among some 26 other VA facilities that reportedly altered wait time records for patients and which drew the ire of the president after a report indicated "a culture of significant and chronic system failures."  

If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald will take over for Gen. Eric Shinseki who resigned when the scandal broke from the Phoenix VA, where patients reportedly died waiting for appointments.

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