Mon., 10:47 pm: Veterans Affairs rejects call for Shinseki to quit
INDIANAPOLIS – The American Legion called today for the resignations of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his top aides amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths at the veterans’ hospital in Phoenix.
Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger accused Shinseki, Under Secretary of Health Robert Petzel and Under Secretary of Benefits Allison Hickey of poor oversight and leadership failures.
“The existing leadership has exhibited a pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership that has been amplified in recent weeks,” Dellinger said during a news conference at the organization’s Indianapolis headquarters.
The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement rejecting the call for the resignations.