VA Chief Shinseki Resigns Amid Veterans' Health Care Issues

Updated: 05/30/2014 12:08 PM
Created: 05/30/2014 10:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties.

Shinseki's resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. The system provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

Shinseki is a retired four-star Army general who has overseen the VA since the start of Obama's presidency.

Minnesota congressman Tim Walz said Shinseki did the right thing.

“Everyone knows General Shinseki is an honorable man who was unfortunately misled and let down by those working under him but, as noted, the buck ultimately stops with him. It was clear that new leadership was needed in order to end the distractions, identify the VA’s problems and take swift action to fix them, and restore veterans’ trust in the system. With his resignation, General Shinseki proved once again that he is putting veterans first.

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5/30/2014 10:20:46 AM (GMT -5:00)

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