I applaud the United States Senate for confirming Robert Wilkie as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Mr. Wilkie has dedicated his life to serving his country with honor and pride.  He has displayed great patriotism and a commitment to supporting and empowering America’s armed forces and veterans.  Under his leadership, I have no doubt that the Department of Veterans Affairs will continue to make strides in honoring and protecting the heroic men and women who have served our Nation with distinction.