The White House chief of staff said Sunday on national TV that President Barack Obama is “madder than hell” over the growing scandal in the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
That exactly how we feel and so should everyone who has served or is serving in the military forces of this nation, as well as the families of veterans no longer with us.
The reports that dozens of veterans - perhaps more than 100 - have died because of treatment delays at VA hospitals is an outrage and an affront to our entire country.
Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA’s top health official, resigned Friday but the housecleaning should not stop with him.
The existence of “secret wait lists” for health-care appointments was first reported in December 2012 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
That agency revealed that four VA medical centers concealed wait times, altered patient data and even backdated appointments to try to show they were complying with directives to eliminate such delays.
The shocking disclosures in recent days of as many as 40 deaths at the Phoenix VA hospital alone stand as evidence this federal agency is the most dysfunctional in the entire government.
We believe the VA is failing miserably in its responsibility to provide timely medical care for our veterans.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is a retired Army four-star general with two Purple Hearts from combat in Vietnam.
He has headed the VA for five years but his reputation as a quiet, low profile leader is not what the VA needs today.
President Obama must replace him with a highly visible, dynamic leader who will restore public confidence in the VA and lead the charge to modernize its facilities and its procedures.
Our veterans risked their lives to serve this nation. They shouldn’t have to do it again to get the medical treatment they deserve.
— The Morehead (Ky.) News