NEWSmedia@veteransforastrongamerica.org May 8, 2014
For IMMEDIATE Release
Veterans for a Strong America joins Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in calling for the resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki
Calls on Senator John Thune (R-SD) to join in demanding Shinseki’s resignation
(SOIUX FALLS) – The nation’s leading organization of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans joined Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in calling for the resignation of United States Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Veterans for a Strong America Chairman Joel A. Arends said his group is supportive of calls for Secretary Shinseki’s resignation amid a scandal surrounding the discovery of a “secret wait list” that delayed critical care for veterans from VA hospitals and resulted in dozens of preventable deaths.
Said Mr. Arends, “Veterans understand, and sign up for, risks on the battlefield which are required to keep America safe. They don’t expect to face even greater danger back here at home from the very agency and institutions established to meet their basic needs.”
The allegations stem from a months-long investigation by CNN, as well as from questions raised by House Veterans Affair Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL). In a bombshell CNN report two weeks ago, one retired VA doctor put the number of preventable veteran deaths due to delay at more than 40.
Arends and VSA further called on Senator John Thune (R-SD) to join the growing list of Congressional leadership and veterans groups alike calling for Shinseki’s resignation. Said Arends “Secretary Shinseki is not the only person who should be held to account for this atrocity, but his resignation is definitely the correct first step, and we are certain Senator Thune will agree and join the call for accountability.”
Veterans are stakeholders in the nation’s most pressing issues — from the economy, to energy production — as well as defense matters. Benghazi, the national debt, Keystone XL, and sequestration are top veteran concerns. The demographic make-up of this vital constituency confirms that military members and their families are the future of the nation, with over 91% of active duty, reserve and guard members comprised of men and women between 18-40 years of age.
About Veterans for a Strong America: Veterans for a Strong America is an Iraq and Afghanistan veterans organization dedicated to mobilizing Americans to communicate the importance of a robust national defense and ensuring that America remains a strong nation by advancing liberty, safeguarding freedom and opposing tyranny.