Commander calls for Secretary Shinseki's resignation
Unless you are living under a rock then you've probably already seen this news. Unfortunately I was at Arlington Cemetery yesterday saying goodbye to one of my brothers in arms, so I missed a lot of it. But gauging from the level of emails I received while speeding through West Virginia trying to get back here, this has a lot of people supporting us, and a few who are not.
The nation's largest veteran organization, The American Legion, and one other veterans group, Concerned Veterans for America, on Monday called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.
The calls for his resignation came after months of CNN exclusive reporting on U.S. veterans who have died while waiting for care at VA hospitals across the country, including in Phoenix.
"It's not something we do lightly. But we do so today because it is our responsibility as advocate for the men and women who have worn this nation's uniform," said Daniel M. Dellinger, national commander of the American Legion, speaking in Indianapolis.
Anderson Cooper lays it all out in this video:
The latter portion I find interesting. I totally get wanting an IG report on something like this, but an IG report is more of an autopsy and less of a surgeon. You can figure out what went wrong, but at the time you are sitting there bleeding, your curiosity as to a cause is supplanted by a hope that someone would actually care for you. The VA needs less reports and more immediate action, and that's why the Legion called for the resignations. It's not a statement about General Shinseki, or how he feels about veterans or his former troops, it's simply an acknowledgement that things keep going wrong, and no one is being held accountable.