In Light of VA Report, Loebsack Calls on Secretary Shinseki to Resign, Department of Justice to Investigate
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that he is calling on Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki to immediately resign. He is also calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to begin an investigation to determine if any criminal wrongdoing occurred. Results of a preliminary report by the VA Inspector General’s Office show that the delay of care to veterans and subsequent manipulation of records is systemic throughout the VA. The report also states that the delay caused the health care of veterans to be compromised.
“The VA Inspector General’s report makes it very clear that there are scheduling problems agency-wide and not just isolated to the Phoenix health center. I have made it very clear that if these allegations were proven true that heads need to roll. I appreciate Secretary Shinseki’s prior service to our nation, but it is time for a new direction at the VA and Secretary Shinseki needs to leave for that to happen.
“As a military parent, I have been outraged by what has come to light and believe the Department of Justice needs to investigate to determine if any criminal actions took place. We owe it to our nation’s veterans to determine exactly what happened.”