APNewsBreak: Buttigieg hopes to name 1st female VA secretary

APNewsBreak: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says if elected he'd like to name a woman to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs for the 1st time

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.