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Veterans Affairs Secretary settles lawsuit with state

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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  State Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos has agreed to take $325,000 to settle lawsuits he filed against the state after he got fired in 2009. The Wisconsin State Journal said the settlement was reached last month.

Scocos accused the Veterans Affairs Board of not letting him stay in his job soon after he returned from military duty in Iraq. The Board cited communication problems and other issues in the veterans' department, which Scocos had headed since 2003. In 2011 Republican lawmakers took away the board's power to hire the department secretary -- Governor Scott Walker acquired that power, and he used it to bring Scocos back.

Scocos's lawyer, Don Daugherty, said the Veterans Board plainly violated the secretary's rights as a member of the military -- and when Walker returned him to his job, it vindicated him. Daugherty said the new settlement quote, "completes the vindication." The deal allows the state to legally deny wrongdoing.

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