Kansan politicians react to the Department of Veterans Affairs 'scandal'

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The American Legion, among other political leaders, are calling for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to resign.
This comes after allegations of a "secret waiting list" surfaced out of an Arizona VA Hospital. As many as 40 veterans died while waiting to receive care.

It's a place many veterans turn to for help. But for many Kansas political leaders the VA administration is in need of some change. Especially in light of the VA scandal coming out of Arizona.

Congressman Mike Pompeo said, "it's tragic when it happens anyway, it's really bad when it happens to veterans. Folks who have sacrificed their lives to serve our nation"

After these allegations the American Legion has asked the secretary of the VA to resign, even Senator Jerry Moran is on board. he said "I asked (VA) Secretary Shinseki to submit his resignation to the resident and I asked President Obama to accept that resignation."

It's the first time Moran has been on the house or senate floor calling for a cabinet secretary's resignation. Moran said "this doesn't come lightly with me, but the frustration that veterans are experiencing with the department that is designed to care for them, to provide the benefits that they were promised when they enlisted or drafted, is failing them."

And now more than ever politicians say there is a need for change. Moran said, "it is time for different leadership to begin to manage the circumstances they find themselves in."

Congressman Mike Pompeo couldn't agree more. However, he believes the resignation of the VA secretary will not be enough to clean up the problems that many veterans encounter. He said, " think there is a systematic need to overhaul the entire veterans administration in order to address the issues that ending up with two sets of waiting lists in Arizona and now other issues in other places."

Senator Moran believes the VA is not equipped to handle veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, even caring for the aging World War II vets.

He said if change doesn't happen soon, "the consequences are that the veterans help is certainly in jeopardy."


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