Hershel W. Gober
Hershel Wayne Gober
|Acting United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
July 25, 2000 – January 20, 2001
|Preceded by||Togo D. West, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Anthony J. Principi|
July 1, 1997 – January 2, 1998
|Preceded by||Jesse Brown|
|Succeeded by||Togo D. West, Jr. (acting)|
|United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
February 4, 1993 – August 10, 2000
|Preceded by||Anthony J. Principi|
|Succeeded by||Leo Mackay, Jr.|
|Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs|
January 4, 1988 – February 4, 1993
|Preceded by||Grady Brown|
|Succeeded by||Nick Bacon|
|Born||December 21, 1936|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Lou Keener|
|Alma mater||Alaska Methodist University|
|Profession||Soldier, Public servant|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
United States Marine Corps
Hershel Wayne Gober (born December 21, 1936) is a former government official and Vietnam War veteran. He served as acting United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) two times during the Clinton administration. The first time was from July 1, 1997 until January 2, 1998 between the resignation of Secretary Jesse Brown and the appointment of Togo D. West, Jr. as Acting Secretary. The second time came on July 25, 2000 and lasted until January 20, 2001 after the resignation of Secretary West; this time Gober served in the post until the end of the Clinton presidency.
He started out in the VA as Deputy Secretary, serving from February 4, 1993 until August 10, 2000. Gober was also Secretary-designate, when Clinton named him on July 31, 1997 to replace Jesse Brown. However, the nomination was withdrawn before Senate action began. That happened on October 27 the same year.
During his time as Secretary, Gober headed a delegation that traveled to Vietnam to try to find information about missing veterans there. He also worked to improve health care and create more clinics for veterans.
In Vietnam[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- US Department of Veterans Affairs. The Honorable Hershel W. Gober. July 2000. Accessed 2008-01-15.
- DeArmond-Huskey, Rebecca. Monticello (Drew County). Encyclopedia of Arkansas. 2007-07-03. Accessed 2008-01-15.
- Staff reporter. Veterans Affairs Chief Steps Down After Four Years. 1997-06-07. CNN. Accessed 2008-01-15.
- White House (1997-12-02). "President Clinton Names Togo D. West, Jr. As Acting Secretary Of The Department Of Veterans' Affairs". Press release. http://clinton6.nara.gov/1997/12/1997-12-02-togo-west-named-acting-secretary-at-veterans-affairs.html. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
- US Department of Veterans Affairs (2000-08-10). "Ned Powell Named Acting VA Deputy Secretary". Press release. http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=207. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
- Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (2009). "History". Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- U.S. Senate. Chapter 10: Cabinet Nominations Rejected or Withdrawn Accessed 24 December 2007.
- Clinton, Bill. Remarks by the President, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West, and Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Hershel Gober. July 10, 2000. Accessed 2007-12-25.
- White House (1997-07-03). "President Clinton Names Hershel Gober as Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs". Press release. http://clinton6.nara.gov/1997/07/1997-07-03-president-names-gober-secretary-of-veterans-affairs.html. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7698055.stm Winning hearts and minds in Vietnam
Other websites[change | change source]
- Department of Veterans Affairs biography of Acting Secretary Gober
- Profile at American President: An Online Reference Resource
Togo D. West, Jr.
| United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Togo D. West, Jr.
| United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
1993 – 2000
Leo Mackay, Jr.
| Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
1988 – 1993