NEW INFORMATION: Shinseki resigns; Career banker to take over Veterans Department

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) released the following statement in response to the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki:

“Secretary Shinseki’s resignation does not solve the systemic problems that we are seeing at the VA. These problems have been building for years.

“The standard should always be what is in the best interests of our veterans. It was increasingly clear that Secretary Shinseki was becoming more of a distraction rather than the answer to solve the problems with our VA health care system.

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that our veterans receive the care and treatment that they deserve. Our nation’s contract with our veterans is a solemn obligation that must be met. This will not be easy, nor will it be cheap but it must be done.

“Sec. Shinseki was wounded in Vietnam, served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and had successes at the VA from improving access to  PTSD treatment to reducing the number of homeless veterans. We thank him for his service to our country.”

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the man he's chosen to run the Veterans Affairs Department on an interim basis will have a learning curve to overcome.

Sloan Gibson is currently the department's deputy secretary but he's been at the department for less than four months.

Gibson came to the VA after five years as president and CEO of the USO.

That nonprofit organization serves U.S. troops and their families. Before that, Gibson spent 20 years in the banking industry.

He is the son of an Army Air Corpsman who served in World War II and the grandson of a World War I Army infantryman.

He's also a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Gibson replaces VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) --Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties.

Shinseki's resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. 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.
WASHINGTON (WEAU) -- President Barack Obama says VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles with veterans' health care.

President Barack Obama had summoned Shinseki to the White House Friday morning. The meeting came amid mounting calls for the embattled Shinseki to resign. There are widespread allegations of treatment delays at VA hospitals around the country.

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