Friday, October 31, 2014

Veteran Affairs Sec. resigns amid scandal

By The Herald Staff | 5/30/2014

Amid scandal and calls for resignation, Eric Shinseki, secretary of Department of Veteran Affairs, stepped down from his positions, President Obama announced during a press conference Friday.

Shinseki’s resignation comes after reports of veterans hospitals falsifying documents to show that veterans were receiving health care more promptly than they actually were. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, spoke on the Senate floor in April calling for Shinseki’s resignation.

Amid scandal and calls for resignation, Eric Shinseki, secretary of Department of Veteran Affairs, stepped down from his positions, President Obama announced during a press conference Friday.

Shinseki’s resignation comes after reports of veterans hospitals falsifying documents to show that veterans were receiving health care more promptly than they actually were. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, spoke on the Senate floor in April calling for Shinseki’s resignation.

Moran said previously the average waiting time for a veteran to hear from VA on a claim is 266 days. 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.

In response to Shinseki’s resignation, Moran said through Twitter that he hopes the new leader will come from outside the department.

“Leadership matters. [Veteran Affairs] needs a fresh perspective and a leader who is willing to shake up the VA’s bureaucratic culture,” Moran wrote in a tweet. “I believe new [Veteran Affairs Secretary] should not come from within the current dysfunctional system that is failing our veterans.”

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