In reaction to the news today that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned, some military veterans are sounding off about their disappointment in his tenure and Obama’s lack of leadership before and during the VA scandal.
“This isn’t something that just came up. It’s just something that just came out,” said veteran Larry Swartout.
“Obama knew about it. Everybody knew about it, years ago. He campaigned on fixing the VA. But he never did anything about it. And now he’s looking for a scapegoat. And so he got Shinseki.”
Bryan Vander Bloomen of Desert Veterans of Wisconsin said, “It almost feels like” the Obama administration is “turning their backs on us.” Bloomen’s concerns are with the “appointment times” that “are three or four months out.” And what makes matters worse Bloomen said is that often times, the VA “cancels a lot.”
“If this isn’t a wake up call, I’m not sure what it is,” said Dick Marbes of Disabled American Veterans. “When you’ve got people dying in the numbers that you have, this is a pretty sad statement for our country.”
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