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Veterans Affair Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigned

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GREAT FALLS - Veterans Affair Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned today after a face to face meeting with the President. Montana Senator John Walsh, who has been one of the biggest supporters of getting Shinseki to step down, released this statement today.

"Secretary Shinseki's resignation is an important step in holding our leaders responsible for falling short of the promises made to America's Veterans. It's time for the politics to stop and the work of improving health services to begin. Accountability lies with the president and with congress, which has an obligation to fully support America's veterans."

Montana VA Healthcare System public information officer Randy Martin gave a positive statement as well.

"This departments most important mission is to make sure veterans know we're here to take care of them. Provide them with the highest quality care that they have earned and deserved. Veterans have to feel safe walking into our VA facilities and employees here will work to provide them with the highest quality care," says Martin.

Representative Steve Daines who was one of the first members of congress to call for Shinseki's resignation on May 7 also released a statement today saying:
"As Montanans, we know the importance of fulfilling our promises to veterans and ensuring they receive the support and services they deserve- whether that's providing good, timely health care or job training," Daines said. "Expanding access to good-paying jobs, providing quality health care services, and ensuring those who have suffered sexual trauma receive the support they need are critical as we help our veterans make the transition back into civilian life. The bills passed by the House today help address these issues and ensure we provide our veterans with the benefits they have earned and the support they deserve."

Senator Jon Tester also commented saying:
“Secretary Shinseki’s record of service and his efforts to improve the lives of his fellow veterans stand for what is right about America. From additional community-based outpatient clinics and veterans centers, to improved use of telemedicine and a renewed focus on mental health, Secretary Shinseki and I worked hard together to improve the lives of Montana veterans. Moving forward, I will re-double my efforts to ensure that the VA is effectively serving veterans across the country. I look forward to working with Acting Secretary Gibson to aggressively change the VA’s culture and get veterans the timely care and benefits they have earned.”
In light of Shinseki stepping down Sloan Gibson, a deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary, will be the acting Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department in the interim.

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