WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says if elected he'd like to name a woman to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs for the first time. It's part of a broader plan he's unveiling on Veterans Day.
The former Navy intelligence officer pointed to concerns of sexual harassment and gaps in access to women's health. He says a woman leading the VA could help spur cultural changes.
Women are the military's fastest-growing group, comprising about 17% of those enlisted.
More broadly, Buttigieg's plan would boost core VA health care including suicide prevention. Trump wants to steer more veterans to private-sector doctors outside the VA.
Buttigieg is unveiling his proposal in Rochester, New Hampshire.