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Roskam Statement on Resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement on the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:

"On Friday, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned following multiple reports that document "systemic" delayed medical care and wait list fraud at veteran healthcare facilities nationwide. Secretary Shinseki was right to step down, but it is clear the problem goes well beyond one person. Fixing this problem requires new management throughout the VA, and a culture of transparency and accountability across the whole system.

Sweeping changes are needed to eliminate institutional corruption and make the VA work again, and House Republicans are committed to making this right for our veterans and their families. That's why the House passed the VA Management Accountability Act, which gives VA leaders every possible tool to improve management and hold their team responsible for delivering high quality care.

We already know thousands of veterans and their families have been hurt by delays in treatment and substandard care, and that number will likely grow even larger as more people come forward to share their stories. House Republicans are encouraging veterans impacted by VA mismangement to speak out at so we can more fully understand the scope of this problem and fix it."

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