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Washington, DC [January 4, 2010] --Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) announced today that Chuck Hagel, a former U.S. Senator (R-NE) and current co-chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, has become the first member of LCA's new Honorary Board.
"This is a great honor and privilege for Lung Cancer Alliance," said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, LCA President & CEO. "We established the Honorary Board in order to thank those who have taken strong public positions on the need to change public health policy and increase research funding for all aspects of lung cancer.”
“Senator Hagel was one of the first to answer our call for help and we are delighted that he will be our first Honorary Board member,” she said.
“We are deeply grateful for his leadership and for all he had done and continues to do to bring lung cancer out of the shadows of stigma and neglect that have made this disease so devastating.”
Hagel, who served two terms in the U.S. Senate from 1996 to 2009, is currently a distinguished Professor of foreign policy at Georgetown University and the University of Nebraska.
In addition to his appointment by President Obama last year as co-chair of the Intelligence Advisory Board, he is also a member of was Policy Board of the Secretary of Defense, the Board of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and numerous other private and public boards.
A former investment banker and business owner, Hagel is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and served as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration under President Reagan.