U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) this week released the following statement in calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step aside.
“Secretary Shinseki has served with dignity and honor and his sacrifice has been great. And, like vast numbers of our veterans, he continued to elect to serve our nation beyond his military career. We owe him a tremendous debt. But we also owe our veterans a system in which they can put their trust. The challenges at the VA run much further than one person and replacing the Secretary will not solve them. However, I believe that by stepping aside, Secretary Shinseki will help to restore the trust our veterans must have in the VA and will demonstrate a commitment by this Administration to address the system’s serious shortcomings.”