President Obama makes a statement to the press and announces the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, May 30, 2014.

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  1. Terry Nardone June 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I am a 100% disabled Vietnam combat veteran.My disability claim took 18 years to rectify.
    The whole system is based on a chain of command that includes civilians and veterans mixed together. They do not work well together.There is a military/civilian divide.This is the case in the entire country.The entire system-Political-Veterans organizations-VA is filled with coruption and greed.The greed is for titles as well as money.It is a tedious chore just to deal with the predjudice and bias of the people in the VA.

  2. chung cư hh4 linh đàm May 31, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    It’s a shame Shinseki had to resign, but a general is supposed to anticipate and fix problems before they happen. Like, ” Hmm, it’s strange how statin side effects line up so well with Gulf War Syndrome.” Maybe we should have a nutritionist in charge of the VA?

  3. Clover May 31, 2014 at 6:33 am

    These electronic wait lists are a JOKE and can easily be manilpulated by every center director because each day they have to send their report to Washington and the better their facility looks the bigger their bonus is! So to start each director of these facilities needs to be fired and not reassigned! Next they need to get rid of every Scheduling Supers and the direct line supervisors because they are the ones that provide the data! Most of these that are in charge of the schedulers could not schedule an appointment if their life depended upon it but yet they are in charge of those who do! Tell me how that works? The ones who get these supervisory positions at most VA’s know someone higher up and that’s how they get promoted or they are a troublesome employee in another area so a deal is made to get them reassigned so they get promoted this is truth this is why mistakes are being made at the expense of the veteran!
    There is so much that goes on behind the lines at the VA and unless you are employeed there you have no clue of what happens and what people are getting away with. The ones who are suffering are the veterans because they are the ones who are forgotten about with all the politics and unfair practices that are going on! Those who are in charge at these facilities forget why they are there and who they are there to serve and without the veteran they would not be there at all!
    Unfortunately Shinseki was forced to resign and he was the fall guy in this mess!
    The IG needs to dig much deeper into scheduling practices and how trained these schedulers really are and how much med knowledge they have cause I can bet they have little! Use to need to have med termanology to schedule not anymore thats why so many mistakes are being made! Someone needs to wake up and put the system of scheduling back to the way it was 10 years ago then it worked!!

  4. patrick jahnke May 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Will somewhere it has to end, it new start their a lot of thing needs to look at. It happen to me I had great doctor until he retired. The my health care hit bottom. I fight burn leg pain the so call nurses cancel my pain meds fighting still. They what me give something does not work. So I seen 2 nurses and2 doctors . something. I bet their a new memo out to doctors stop all narcotic drugs with out any withdraw meds . then put u on antidepressant drips that does not work on burns. Internet even tell doctors an ideal I was on it.
    I believe all veteran need yo rally a protest to all va hospital and clinics.

  5. TERRY R SCHEIDT May 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Aloha President Obama,

    Well you got what you wanted, ” someone to blame and take the weight of failure
    off your shoulders”. not nice, it is shameful that a man that gave more than 30
    years of his life to this country is trashed.

    Why am I writing? I am a U.S NAVY VET and U.S. RADIATION VICTIMS that served
    at a nuclear test site in the PACIFIC. I was trashed too!

    You as President know full well the intentional denial of radiation victims under the
    EEOICPA ACT which you actually testified on committee, you cannot deny you
    do not know. It is strange that only an exclusive group of victims are assisted and
    all the others soley because they worked for the wrong agency are denied. What
    you allow to happen is as bad as what just occurred in the VA.

    I have been writing to you concerning this intentional denial and exclusion and as
    usual never a response to this neglect.

    As always someone must be blamed and you got your man. Now you send home
    a loyal American that served more than 30 years. You send me home too as I
    served more than 30 years as a loyal American, got cancer from radiation exposure
    and was totally denied soley because I worked for the DOD, U.S. NAVY the wrong
    agency.

    Boy I am mad just as you are but I got a reason, what is yours?

    Aloha

  6. gene court May 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve been a part of the VA since WW2. It has got progressively worse. They need a complete housecleaning from top to bottom. Employees are rude, and lazy. Time to contract the services out and let some company who knows what to do, take over.p35n

  7. Brett May 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    The first fix should be a national accessible VA Health Care System so that a veteran can use any VA care facility while traveling or relocation. VA Health Care System, as one Database, will then help in the fix of the claims backlog because it will be under one system. Therefore, when request for access to your medical files was needed you will not have to list all the VA treatment centers you went to, it will be under one database not by state, clinic or hospital. I think then the VA should look at dental for the fact that some health issues could be fixed with dental care also. Dental should cover all not just the serving, 100% service connected, or if diagnosed to be cause by service related condition. The hiring of personnel that are there for the VETERAN not the lining of the pocket, that been said not all caught as seen by the current issues.

  8. JIM WELLS May 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    The VA IG Report found that the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations & Management documented the use of scheduling shenanigans to improve clinical access performance scores in an April 2010 Memorandum on Inappropriate Scheduling Practices. The purpose of the memorandum was to call for immediate action to eliminate the practices. 4 years later, the expressions of surprise & outrage by senior VA and Administration officials are just pretense.

    • Clover May 31, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Where can I find this so I can read the full report?

  9. David Segsworth May 30, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    It’s a shame Shinseki had to resign, but a general is supposed to anticipate and fix problems before they happen. Like, ” Hmm, it’s strange how statin side effects line up so well with Gulf War Syndrome.” Maybe we should have a nutritionist in charge of the VA?

  10. Ted Block May 30, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Now Obama needs to resign. The buck stops there.

    • robert May 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Would you ask for Mr Obama to resign it he were white

      • ted May 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        yes i would

      • Dan F May 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

        I would ask him to resign if he was purple, white or any other color. It is NOT about the color or his skin, it is his inability to lead. You are being very offensive by even suggesting there is a racial component because of someone disagreeing with you.

        • KAY GRAY May 31, 2014 at 8:07 am

          Did you ask any of the Bush’s too resign and the both of them put together did not put us at war (ie Desert Strom, OIE, OIF) and broke. Nothing for the citizens of this country, as you stated no matter the color (my apologies GREEN is the exception). Those 2 men used this country to get them and their friends rich (o you forgot that Dick’s company was the supplier for the OIE, OIF) after you fold back the rocks. Yet you so blindly say that it has nothing to do with the present Presidents color. You are in personal denial. Everything the present President has done got him and his cabinet nothing but grief, from blinded people. But it got the rest of the country better health care (public and VA). Fair and diverse Supreme Court representation. In case you forgot this is a melting of diverse culture, not just Caucasian and African American. He ended an dum ass war that was started by a revenged crazed money hog who has ugly art. But I guess in your opinion they were better Leaders. As stated before get a stick, because your blinded by your social ignorance.

      • dhurley June 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

        robert, don’t demean or distract from the truth that Ted Block’s opinion is not racist but pure politics. To jump to Presidential resignation it’s obvious he is simply the type who doesn’t like Obama/liberals and would never would suggest a conservative President resign over this scandal. It’s a stupid suggestion.

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