Watertown native in line for top VA Post

Published 06/04 2014 10:06AM

Updated 06/04 2014 10:19AM

A Watertown native and the head of the Cleveland Clinic is being considered as the next Department of Veterans Affairs secretary. , according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove is a heart surgeon and has served as the president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic since 2004.

A decorated Vietnam War veteran, Cosgrove grew up in Watertown.

The VA has been plagued with problems, culminating in the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, a former US Army general.

The VA has been ripped by criticism over wait lists for veterans needing care.

Some veterans died while waiting on the list.

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