President Obama chose  Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz and 22 others on Friday to fill mid-level positions in his administration.

If confirmed by the Senate, Schwartz would replace outgoing  Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Raul Perea-Henze.

Her appointment was cheered by Gov. Dannel Malloy and members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation.

“Her appointment is also a great loss for Connecticut,” Malloy said. “She has greatly improved the lives of our military men and women.”

Rep. Rosa DeLauro called Schwartz “a dear friend” who “had to undergo years of arduous recovery from a traumatic brain injury.”

“As a Vietnam veteran she knows firsthand the struggles veterans go through,” DeLauro said.

Action on the nomination won’t come soon, though.

Obama made sent his list of 23 appointments on the day Congress leaves for a month-long summer recess.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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