Gen. McChrystal: Fix VA to Honor 'Covenant' With Veterans

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:13 AM

By Melanie Batley

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal said that if the United States is going to keep its "covenant" with its servicemen, the Veterans Affairs Department must fix the problems that are affecting the healthcare of America's veterans.

Speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday, McChrystal said he believes the problems are more a reflection of departmental bureaucracy and less with the care veterans are receiving.

"It's a big bureaucracy," he said. "And it needs to be fixed."

Story continues below video.



Former Defense Secretary Robert "Gates said it best: Veterans deserve a concierge-like treatment," he said. "I think the actual treatment they receive, medical treatment, is very good, but I'm not an expert. But I do know that the frustration is with bureaucracy, and so that's what we should focus on, that's what we should try to help people with."

The comments came on the heels of reports that the VA probe into abuses at veterans hospitals across the country has expanded to 26 facilities and against the background of growing calls for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

The general didn't directly respond to a question as to whether he believes Shinseki should resign.

McChrystal also reiterated that war changes soldiers and that they rely on the VA and federal government for help.

"When someone goes to war, they come back different," he said. "They don't always come back damaged. Many people come back better, more resilient, more experienced. But everybody comes back a bit different."

McChrystal was appointed by President Barack Obama as Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan in 2009. He resigned in 2010 after a Rolling Stone article quoted him and members of his staff criticizing the Obama administration.


Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

NYPD Arrests Seven for Threats After Slayings of Two Officers

Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 15:33 PM

At least seven New Yorkers have been charged with making threats against police officers since the Dec. 20 killing of tw . . .

Unions to Recruit Immigrants Covered by Obama Amnesty

Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 15:11 PM

Labor unions are eyeing an estimated four million immigrants who entered the United States illegally as a prize pool of  . . .

Russia Says Currency Crisis Over: 'Ruble Is Now Strengthening'

Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 14:09 PM

Russia said on Thursday its currency crisis was over even though its forex reserves have plunged and annual inflation ha . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved