WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), released the following statement regarding the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki:
“I have been deeply disturbed by the accusations and reports regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs leadership and their failure to care for our ill and injured veterans. Like President Obama, I find these issues with the VA completely unacceptable. I am committed to meeting the obligations made to those who have sacrificed for our freedom.
“General Eric Shinseki has served this country honorably for nearly five decades. His dedication to his fellow veterans is unmatched. Now that he has resigned his position, we should collectively turn to the real problem at hand which is to make significant changes in the VA system so that our military veterans can receive the timely, quality health care they deserve.
“Millions are helped each year by the VA health care system, but more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has overwhelmed a system already bursting at the seams. There must be other options made available.”