Thursday, May 29, 2014

Senator Mark Warner says Shinseki should step aside

U.S. Senator Mark Warner

U.S. Senator Mark Warner

Calls for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki is growing. The American Legion, and one other veterans group, Concerned Veterans for America have called for his resignation.

The list of U.S. Senators calling for Shinseki now includes Virginia Senator Mark Warner.

Shinseki has remained silent.

It has been reported that separate lists of veterans waiting for care were kept on secret lists to make it seem Veterans were being seen for medical or PTSD treatment in a timely fashion. Phoenix, AZ, has been the center of attention but the failure is said to be systemic.  Some veterans who thought they were on a list for care were not. It has been reported that some have died while waiting for care at VA hospitals across the country, including in Phoenix.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement today:

“Like most Americans, I am outraged about how our veterans are being treated. The preliminary Inspector General’s report shows this is a systemic problem that dates back many years. We have to fix the system now.


Gen. Eric K. Shinseki

“The controversy over Gen. Shinseki’s leadership has taken attention away from the real issue – the need for swift, decisive action to reform the VA, change its culture, and ensure that we provide quality, timely services for our veterans.

“Gen. Shinseki has served our country with distinction. I now believe he should step aside in order to allow our focus and our efforts to be on making the critically needed changes to fix the VA.

“No one has pushed the VA harder than me: we pressed them to broaden PTSD services for female veterans. We pushed them on the claims backlog. It took us more than a year to get the VA to adopt the William & Mary law school’s pro bono model, which helps veterans with some of the toughest disability claims.  That Virginia model is now being expanded to 15 other law schools across the country.

“It is important that we provide Virginia’s veterans with the services they have earned – and which we as a nation have committed to provide.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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