Former Cabinet Secretary for Veterans Affairs Highlights Continued Efforts to Support at Risk Military Men and Women WASHINGTON, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) announced today that Anthony J. Principi, former Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, has joined its Honorary Board of Directors. "It is an understatement to say that it is a true privilege to welcome Secretary Principi to our Honorary Board," said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, LCA President & CEO. "Not only will Secretary Principi's counsel benefit LCA's overall mission, but the entire lung cancer community will gain enormously as he has consistently shown a deep and sustained commitment to the protection and betterment of others." During his 4-year tenure as VA Secretary, Principi directed the federal government's second largest department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America's 25-million living veterans and dependents. A New York native, Principi is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and was awarded the Bronze Star with combat "V" for valor and several other military decorations for valor during his service in the Vietnam War. "The valor that Secretary Principi demonstrated during the war in Vietnam remains evident today," said Lung Cancer Alliance Board Chairman Admiral Joseph Lopez (USN ret.) "I know personally that he understands our challenges and goals. I appreciate that he is willing to join us in our fight to ensure those either at risk or living with lung cancer receive the compassion and support they deserve – particularly at risk veterans and military men and women." Upon returning from Vietnam, Mr. Principi earned his law degree from Seton Hall University and served in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps in San Diego, Calif. In 1980, he was transferred to Washington D.C. as a legislative counsel for the Department of the Navy and later served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. He also served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senator Committee on Armed Services. Prior to his nomination as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Principi was senior vice president at Lockheed Martin IMS, and a partner in the San Diego law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. Mr. Principi has also served as CEO and Executive Chairman of QTC Management, Inc., the largest provider of medical and disability evaluations to the federal government. He served on the Board of Directors of Perot Systems, Inc. and was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Principi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Engility Inc., A.T. Kearney Inc. and Wounded Warrior Project. He is a Principal in The Principi Group, LLC.