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From: CNN
In: Washington
Posted 7-3-97

Subject: Clinton Taps Arkansan Friend For Top Veterans Post

President Bill Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Herschel Gober to replace Jesse Brown as secretary of Veterans Affairs.

"I would like to say what I hope is obvious now, and I've never said it formally, that is, I intend to nominate Deputy Secretary Herschel Gober to be the next secretary of veterans affairs," Clinton said at a White House event to promote NATO expansion.

"We have been friends for many years. He did a superb job as state director. He was a good partner and support to Jesse Brown, who fulfilled his promise to me to be a secretary for -- as well as secretary of -- veterans affairs," Clinton said.

Gober has been serving as No. 2 at the department and as acting secretary since Brown's resignation earlier this year.

Gober was director of Arkansas' Department of Veterans Affairs when Clinton was governor. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he defended Clinton against criticism he had dodged the Vietnam draft.

His military career spans 20 years, including stints in both the Marine Corps and the Army. For his two tours of duty in Vietnam he won the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Expected to breeze through the confirmation process, Gober was called "the right person with the right background at the right time" by Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

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