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Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Eric K. Shin­seki faces sharp crit­i­cism as a Se­nate hear­ing ex­plores short­com­ings in the VA health care sys­tem. “I came here to make things bet­ter for vet­er­ans. Over the past five years, we’ve done a lot to make things bet­ter. We are not done yet. I in­tend to con­tinue the mis­sion un­til I have sat­is­fied that goal or I’m told by my com­man­der in chief that my time has been served.”

— VA Sec­re­tary Eric K. Shin­seki “If the VA had asked hard ques­tions, we would not be here to­day.”

— Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Repub­li­can “The stan­dard prac­tice at VA seems to be to hide the truth in or­der to look good.”

— Sen. Patty Mur­ray, Wash­ing­ton Demo­crat “Our vet­er­ans are our he­roes, and they de­serve bet­ter than a White House in­sider-led in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Yet again, the White House is try­ing to pass off a scan­dal as an iso­lated in­ci­dent when in fact it continues to grow ev­ery day.”

— Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Reince Priebus “The Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars of the United States is out­raged and frus­trated that nearly a month af­ter some of these al­le­ga­tions sur­faced, we still do not have the facts. We do not know who the vet­er­ans are who may have died wait­ing for care. We do not know if other hos­pi­tals are cook­ing their ap­point­ment sched­ul­ing books just to keep up ap­pear­ances, or if vet­er­ans wait­ing for care are pay­ing for it else­where out of their own pock­ets. Re­gard­less of what comes out of on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions in Phoenix, Wy­oming, At­lanta, Chicago, Spokane and else­where, the VFW knows that vet­er­ans have died wait­ing for care, which is in­ex­cus­able.”

— Ryan M. Gal­lucci, VFW deputy di­rec­tor

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