Shinseki Vows to 'Set Things Straight' at Embattled VA

Thursday, 29 May 2014 05:04 PM

By Todd Beamon

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Thursday pledged to "set things straight" at his beleaguered agency in the effort to "restore integrity to our processes to earn veterans' trust."

"I remain committed to providing the high-quality care and benefits that veterans have earned and deserve," Shinseki said in an op-ed piece in USA Today. "And we will."

Shinseki, who has headed the agency since 2009, called the findings by the VA's inspector's investigation of secret waiting lists in centers in Phoenix and at other facilities "reprehensible to me and to this department.

"We are not waiting to set things straight," he added.

The inspector's report found that as many as 1,700 veterans needing care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the wait lists in Phoenix.

Shinseki said that he had ordered VA officials to contact the veterans directly "in order to bring them the care they need and deserve."

VA officials told the House Veterans' Affairs Committee at a hearing late Wednesday that those vets were expected to be contacted by Friday.

In other moves, Shinseki said that he directed "an independent site team" to investigate the issues in Phoenix last month and have since put three officials there on administrative leave, though the inspector general has asked that no other personnel moves occur "until its independent, objective review is complete."

"We are already taking action consistent with the recommendations of the interim inspector general's report," Shinseki wrote. "We will fully implement his remaining recommendations."

He added that more than 200 VA officials were working on a nationwide audit of agency centers. "We expect to announce the initial results of that audit in the coming days."

"We are doing all we can to accelerate access to care throughout our system and in communities where veterans reside," the retired, four-star Army general said. "I've challenged our leadership to ensure we are doing everything possible to schedule veterans for their appointments."

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  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:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Washington Post: Obama's Agenda Misfiring on All Cylinders

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 19:16 PM

President Barack Obama declared 2014 a "year of action," but it's been anything but, with his lofty State of the Union g . . .

Catholic League's Donohue: Pope May Visit NYC Next Year

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 16:51 PM

Pope Francis could very well add New York City to his rumored trip to Philadelphia next year, according to Bill Donohue, . . .

Chicago's Emanuel Boosting Shelter Space for Child Illegals

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 17:27 PM

Chicago will set up additional shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children to be funded by the federal government and  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

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