We honor Secretary Shinseki’s service to our country as a combat-disabled veteran and public servant, and respect his decision to resign and allow new leadership to address this crisis with new solutions.
Ultimately, a change in leadership does not address the root of the VA health care system’s problems of access and appropriate funding levels. On behalf of DAV’s 1.2 million members, we implore the President to quickly identify and nominate, and the Senate to rapidly consider and confirm, the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
DAV stands ready to work closely with Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson to implement solutions necessary to ensure all veterans can access the health care they need.
We hope that newly appointed leadership continues to build on the progress made during Secretary Shinseki’s tenure in regards to reducing the claims backlog, veterans’ homelessness, and improving access to mental health care.
While this crisis is deeply disturbing, we hope the issues uncovered serve as a wakeup call to focus America’s attention on the need to fulfill the sacred promises made to the men and women who so honorably served our country.