Edward Derwinski will become the first secretary of veterans affairs after a key senator said the former lawmaker could probably "rise above" a dangerous breach of confidentiality he committed 12 years ago. The Senate voted 94-0 on Thursday to confirm Derwinski, whose new Veterans Affairs Department will be second only to the Pentagon in size. Derwinski will be head of the Veterans Administration until it becomes a Cabinet department on March 15. It will have 240,000 employees. The Senate confirmed Derwinski after the Veterans Affairs Committee voted 10-0 the same day to clear the nomination.