Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system. President Obama said he's accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties. His resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system, including falsified records to hide the amount of time veterans had to wait for medical appointments. The system provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

Shinseki is a retired four-star Army general who has overseen the VA since the start of Obama's presidency.

Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson will serve as acting secretary.


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