U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today responded to the resignation of Eric Shinseki as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). President Obama accepted Shinseki's resignation this morning.
"Secretary Shinseki is an honorable veteran, but he's been a horrible VA secretary. He clearly hasn't been leading on these problems," Vitter said. "However, Shinseki's resignation doesn't solve anything. It's an important first step, but I'll be making sure that new leadership will take charge and stop this crisis -- starting with the need to pass legislation to build these long overdue clinics."
Vitter has been calling for Shinseki's resignation this week.
On November 20, 2013 Vitter met with the new acting AV administration, Sloan Gibson, to push for his legislation to authorize the 27 VA outpatient clinics around the country including in Lafayette and Lake Charles. At the time Gibson was nominated to be the Undersecretary.
Vitter has also been asking Louisiana veterans to share their stories about experiences at local VAs. Veterans can submit their stories at vitter.senate.gov/va-stories.