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Duffy wants VA Secretary Shinseki to resign


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) -- The recent developments exposing problems in the Veterans Administration health system have several Members of Congress calling for new leadership. Wisconsin’s 7th District Congressman Sean Duffy is one of them.

With recent confirmation of long waiting lists, improper reporting of waiting lists, and veterans dying while waiting for promised medical care, Duffy says Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki failed the mission of the Veterans Administration and needs to step down.  “Because of the incompetence or the negligence of Secretary Shinseki, I think he should step aside. We need to actually get someone in the VA that’s going to take care of our veterans, who is going to root out the bad actors, and make sure we effectively use our resources to care for the men and women who served our country so well.”

The VA problems are worse in some parts of America than in others. Duffy says Shinseki has been around a long time and should have been in a position to correct the problems.  “After this many years, Secretary Shiniseki hasn’t taken action to fix the problem. I don’t have any confidence that he can fix the problem, and that’s why I think we need to get someone else in there who’s going to do the job on behalf of our American veterans. I’m going to fight to make sure this happens.”

A recently released Inspector General’s report shows gross mismanagement of medical care within the Veterans Administration, and Duffy says the agency needs new leadership to fix the problems, restore trust, and return high levels of care to the veterans because they deserve it.