State Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos was fired Tuesday - just two months after returning from a tour in Iraq - and replaced with an agency official he had recently demoted.
Scocos, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2003 and a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, returned to work in late September after a year in Iraq, his second tour there.
The Veterans Affairs board has been signaling disapproval of the agency's leadership for months, seeking a wide-ranging legislative audit of its workings and criticizing Scocos for failing to update them on the findings of an inquiry into alleged improper spending at a state veterans home.
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