Fleischmann Comments On The Resignation Of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki

May 30, 2014 Issues: Veterans

WASHINGTON−Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement today after General Eric Shinseki announced his resignation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I would like to thank General Shinseki for his years of service to our nation.  However, his resignation alone will not fix the systemic problems within the VA.  The men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedoms deserve the absolute best care.  I have seen firsthand the inefficiencies within the system through my experiences with my father, and I have worked to increase veterans’ access to first-class care with the opening of three new VA clinics in East Tennessee.  However, there is still much more that must be done to fix this flawed system.  I am hopeful the President will work with Congress to implement real changes for our veterans.

The VA scandal is the latest item on a growing list of the Obama administration neglecting and misleading the American people.  Our constituents are angry with the administration’s refusal to acknowledge wrongdoing and address these critical issues in meaningful ways.  It is deplorable that this latest offense comes at the expense of those who have given the most to our country, and we must fix this broken system.”

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