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Moran says VA chief should resign

By The Herald Staff | 5/7/2014

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, called this week for the resignation of Eric Shinseki, U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs, on the Senate floor after sharing examples of Kansas veterans who he said have been disregarded by Veterans Affairs.

“Veterans are waiting for action and yet the VA continues to operate in the same old bureaucratic fashion, settling for mediocrity and continued disservice to our nation’s heroes,” Moran, a member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee for 18 years, said. “There’s a difference in wanting change and leading it to happen. Today I am demanding accountability and true transformation within the VA system in its culture from top to bottom and all across the country. Secretary Shinseki is seemingly unwilling or unable to do so and change must be made at the top. I ask the secretary to submit his resignation and I ask President Obama to accept that resignation. We must never forget that our nation has responsibility to its veterans ... We need a department of Veterans Affairs worthy of your sacrifice.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, called this week for the resignation of Eric Shinseki, U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs, on the Senate floor after sharing examples of Kansas veterans who he said have been disregarded by Veterans Affairs.

“Veterans are waiting for action and yet the VA continues to operate in the same old bureaucratic fashion, settling for mediocrity and continued disservice to our nation’s heroes,” Moran, a member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee for 18 years, said. “There’s a difference in wanting change and leading it to happen. Today I am demanding accountability and true transformation within the VA system in its culture from top to bottom and all across the country. Secretary Shinseki is seemingly unwilling or unable to do so and change must be made at the top. I ask the secretary to submit his resignation and I ask President Obama to accept that resignation. We must never forget that our nation has responsibility to its veterans ... We need a department of Veterans Affairs worthy of your sacrifice.”

Moran joins the American Legion and Concerned Veterans for America in calling for Shineski to step down for what they say is the failures of the Veteran Affairs system and the department’s “unwillingness to provide answers and take action.” The department has not addressed ongoing backlogs on benefit claims, medical malpractice, mismanagement, lack of oversight and unethical environments, Moran’s office said.

The average waiting time for a veteran to hear from VA on the claim is 266 days, the office said. If the veteran is not pleased with the response, they can file an appeal, which Moran said some veterans have waited more than four years for a response.

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