Washington, D.C. -- Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following statement after the resignation of General Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs:
"Without doubt, General Shinseki has served with distinction and honor throughout his 38-years of service to this nation," said Congressman Don Young. "However, I now believe he lacks the confidence and trust of the millions he serves to remain atop the Veterans' Administration. While I don't believe Secretary Shinseki actively played a role in the mismanagement or doctoring of patient information in medical facilities across the nation, I do believe he must be held accountable for his department's atrocious failures."
"The VA's problems are rooted deeper than Secretary Shinseki and will continue to exist long after he's gone. These are fundamental problems that must be addressed immediately in order to uphold the commitments this nation made to the more than 21.2 million veterans in the United States, including more than 70,000 in Alaska. This is why I proudly supported legislation in the House that would ensure the VA's own bureaucratic vulnerabilities, which currently make it nearly impossible for employees to be held accountable for their actions, do not impede its abilities to carry out its most basic responsibilities. We owe our veterans the most astute attention and care, and I will continue to look for solutions to defeat the systematic failures plaguing our veterans.