In the aftermath of the VA scandal, former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday morning, leaving deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson as interim VA Secretary until a replacement for Shinseki is chosen. Watch the video blow for remarks from President Obama about Eric Shinseki’s resignation.
Here’s what you need to know about Gibson:
1. He Became Deputy Secretary in February
Gibson was named Deputy VA Secretary on February 11, 2014 after his nomination was confirmed by the Senate, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was preceded
2. He Was the President of the USO
Gibson served as president of the USO for five years. When the USO was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2011, he accepted the award on the organization’s behalf. In the video above, Gibson announced the launch of On Patrol, the USO Magazine, in 2009.
3. He Comes From a Military Family
Gibson himself served in the U.S. Airforce and is the son of a World War II veteran and the grandson of a World War I Veteran. Gibson is seen at a USO event with Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise in the photo above.
4. He Graduated From West Point
Gibson graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1975. He also holds a masters of public administration from Harvard. In the video above, Gibson discusses USO in a Box, which provides soldiers with the same benefits they would receive at a USO center in the U.S. while stationed overseas.
5. He Worked as a Banker Before Joining the USO
Gibson worked in the banking industries in major U.S. cities including Charlotte, Nashville and Atlanta for more than 20 years before joining the USO.