Palin served as governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in the summer of 2009. She was the Republican Party nominee for vice president of the United States in the 2008 election, running alongside Sen. John McCain.
Palin would be the first secretary of the VA since it became a cabinet-level agency in 1989 to have never served in the armed forces. She does, however, come from a military family. Her oldest son, Track, served in the Alaska National Guard with the Army's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and was deployed to Iraq for much of the 2008 presidential election.
In January 2016, when Track was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend, Palin, campaigning for Trump in Iowa, attributed it to a failure by President Barack Obama to take care of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"When I talk about a commander-in-chief who will never leave our men and our women behind, let me get a little bit personal on this,” she said, calling Track’s arrest the “elephant in the room.”
“Our wounded warriors who come home from the battlefield bringing new battles with them. Our wounded warriors, sometimes in body and in mind, coming back different than when they left for the war zone," she said.
Her daughter, Bristol, is married to former Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the first living Marine from Iraq and Afghanistan to earn the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor in combat.
CORRECTION: Track Palin deployed to Iraq in 2008. An earlier version of this article stated that he deployed to Afghanistan. (1/30/2016; 6:33 pm)
Your humble Pentagon correspondent has never been one of the "cool kids" in the world of Washington media, and never has that been more evident than in my failed attempts to interview Navy veteran Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and one of the roughly 50,000 Democrats running for president.
To the media, Buttigieg is so hot right now that he could melt the stealth coating off an F-35 – which is actually not as hard as it sounds. He is fluent in more forms of communication than C-3PO – in April, he offered his condolences to the French people for the Notre Dame fire in perfect French. He's had no problem getting media coverage from all sorts of media outlets, including National Public Radio, the New York Times, or even Fox News.
Your intrepid Pentagon correspondent was briefly on Mayor Pete's schedule, when his director of campaign operations Max Harris set up an interview for Feb. 26. But less than an hour later, Harris emailed back to say he might have to reschedule the interview due to scheduling conflicts.
Four months of silence followed. (To be fair, his campaign manager Lis Smith did confirm in March that Buttigieg had formed an exploratory committee to run for president.)
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The union representing 260,000 Department of Veterans Affairs employees recently won a "cease and desist" arbitration ruling against the department's posting of lengthy lists of firings, suspensions and other disciplinary actions in violation of the Privacy Act.
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