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Obama's VA scandal: Military vets demand resignation of Secretary Shinseki

Following the revelations of corrupt -- perhaps illegal -- practices by officials working for the Veterans Administration's Healthcare System, the American Legion -- the largest organization representing American military veterans -- on Monday called for the resignation of Obama appointee Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

Besides talk radio and Internet journalists and bloggers, the only major news organization covering the corruption and abuse in Veterans Affairs is the Fox News Channel.
Courtesy of Rachel Alexander/Tea Party Tribune

Statements made by a number of whistleblowers regarding a secret waiting list at the Phoenix VA Health Care System may have resulted in the death of at least 40 U.S. veterans has shocked the nation in spite of the majority of news outlets ignoring or burying the story in order to allegedly prop-up a failed President.

"There are also reports that the director of the Phoenix, Ariz., VA facility kept two sets of records to cover up the fact that brave veterans who sacrificed their all for their nation were being treated shabbily by the Obama administration," according to former U.S. Marine and NYPD police detective Sidney Franes. "I guess that's the 'Chicago way:' keep two sets of books the way the mob bosses do?"

"Imagine the outcry if the terrorists in Guantanamo Bay or illegal aliens -- some of whom are hardened criminals -- were treated the way Obama's VA treats U.S. war heroes," Franes said. "But what do we get from Obama, the Democrats and their sycophants? Silence."

The American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger also named Undersecretary of Health Robert Petzel and Undersecretary of Benefits Allison Hickey as Obama appointees who should be forced to resign or be fired.

In 2013, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, called on Allison Hickey to resign due to problems with the handling of disability claims.

Dellinger pointed to the allegations of the lack of oversight by the Veterans Administration (VA) and its abysmal leadership as evidence that the officials need to resign. Dellinger noted that this call for government officials to resign hasn’t been done by the American Legion in more than 30 years.

“[Gen. Eric Shinseki's] patriotism and sacrifice for this nation are above reproach. However, his record as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs tells a different story. The existing leadership has exhibited a pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership that has been amplified in recent weeks,” said Dellinger.

According to Dellinger, the VA had previously acknowledged that 23 veterans throughout their healthcare system died as a result of delayed care in recent years. However, the findings of an internal probe by VA’s Office of Medical Inspector suggests that "clerks at the VA clinic in Fort Collins, Colo., were instructed last year how to falsify appointment records so it appeared the small staff of doctors was seeing patients within the agency's goal of 14 days, according to the investigation."

Dellinger said in a released statement on Monday:

“These disturbing reports are part of what appear to be a pattern of scandals that has infected the entire system.

“Those problems need addressed [sic] at the highest level – starting with new leadership. The existing leadership has exhibited a pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership that has been amplified in recent weeks.

“VA leadership has demonstrated its incompetence through preventable deaths of veterans, long wait times for medical care, a benefits claims backlog numbering in excess of 596,000, and the awarding of bonuses to senior executives who have overseen such operations,” he said. “Some veterans have waited years to have their claims decided. That same leadership has failed to provide answers to why these issues continue to occur.”

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