Chuck Hagel Approved as Next Defense Secretary

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel will lead the U.S. Dept. of Defense.

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel will lead the U.S. Dept. of Defense.

With a vote of 58 to 41, the Senate voted to confirm Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense according to National Public Radio.

The vote was mostly along party lines after an unprecedented filibuster by Republicans, that temporarily blocked the nomination of the two-term Republican senator from Nebraska.

Hagel will become the first Vietnam veteran to led the Department of Defense. The president said in Hagel he had found someone who understood “the consequences of decisions we make in this town.”

Student Vets Invite All to a Free Screening of “The Welcome”


A photo from The Welcome Home Project, basis for the documentary The Welcome.

All are welcome to a free screening of the documentary film, The Welcome, which tracks veterans and their families through a five-day retreat that transforms the experience of war into “the beauty of poetry.”

Air Force veteran and president of the University of South Florida Student Veterans Association, Kiersten Downs, is extending an open invitation to encourage better understanding between veterans, other college students and staff and the general public.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 27 starting at 2 pm

WHERE: University of South Florida Tampa Campus, the Oval Theater in the Marshall Student Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave.

The special event will include an introduction by Michael Dakduk, Executive Director of Student Veterans of America, Additionally, the SVA and the USF Office of Veteran Services will be launching the Got Your 6 Campus Success Network prior to the film. There will be free food to follow.


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