The Senate last night voted 86-9 to approve President Trump’s nomination of Robert Wilkie to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs permanently. Wilkie has served as acting VA secretary since March and as under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness since last November. He previously served as assistant secretary of defense from 2005 to 2009. “Robert Wilkie has shown a deep commitment to serve veterans during his years in public service and he knows first-hand the commitment the VA has to care for veterans in their time of need,” AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said. “We look forward to working with him to strengthen the care provided to our nation’s veterans, who have sacrificed for our country and deserve the highest quality care.”