Shinseki Resignation: Local Reaction

Shinseki Resignation: Local Reaction

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A local veteran who worked for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki calls the resignation a sad day for our nation.

Retired Colonel John New says the problem with the VA started long before Shinseki with the hiring of unqualified healthcare professionals. Col. New says the government lowered its standards by doing away with mandatory civil service testing. Many in Washington who called for Shinseki's resignation says this is just the start of fixing the broken system.

 "There's no civil service test anymore. So for the last 20 years the government has been hiring people who are not qualified and couldn't even past the test. Now these people are in decision making positions and we are seeing the aftermath in this latest scandal," Col. New.

"This is a systemic problem which means we've got to drill down into the system and get to the root cause of why we are having these problems. Should the VA be operating these hospitals at all or should we private voucher it or give our veterans insurance so they could go out and get the healthcare they need from whomever they want to wherever they want to. So we need to deal with the middle management and we in Congress need to start asking some fundamental questions," said Rep. Bradley Byrne.

 About 9 million veterans are now enrolled in the VA Health-System which is about a million more than only six years ago.
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