After more than a month of battling criticism, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid disclosures of improper appointment-scheduling procedures at the VA and efforts to hide long wait times. Investigations continue, with reviews still underway from the VA inspector general, the VA and White House adviser Rob Nabors.
The VA is in need of a new permanent leader and Senate lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to address the short-term health care needs of veterans. Sen. John McCain had strong words for the scandal on Sunday and said the Justice Department should have started investigating “some time ago.”
President Obama has committed to improving service for veterans, but also said “there are millions of veterans who are getting really good service from the VA” and noted he often receives letters of commendation for doctors or nurses.
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