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Noem joins crowd calling for Shinseki to step down, Thune calls for investigation


Undated (KELO-AM) South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R) has joined the mostly Republican clamor for the head of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

“Our country has seen enough,” said Rep. Noem. “We have offered more funding and more time, but the problem persists. I have heard from veterans in South Dakota who are happy with their service, but many have also contacted my office with concerns about the backlog. This is a systemic problem that must be addressed immediately before more veterans feel the impact of VA failures. I believe this is not only a failure of bureaucracy, but also a failure of leadership. Our veterans deserve a fresh start and a new set of eyes on the problem.” 

South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune has also called for new leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and says a nationwide investigation is needed. “It is clear that the VA crisis is not an isolated incident, but a systemic and widespread management failure,” said Thune. “I am again calling on the president to immediately order a nationwide IG investigation into all of the facilities under the VA's control. In light of today’s report, it is also critical that the Department of Justice act on credible evidence of criminal or civil violations as it is uncovered during the investigation. In order to put an end to this scandal, we have to understand where and how many veterans have been impacted, and ensure that those who mistreated our heroes are held accountable.”

The Director of the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls says he's telling his people to keep their chins up in the midst of the scandal. Darwin Goodspeed says it's disheartening to hear about the alleged problems in other states, but, he says, it's not happening in Sioux Falls.