Congressman John Barrow

Representing the 12th District of GEORGIA

Barrow Calls for Secretary Shinseki to Resign

May 21, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) called on the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Eric Shinseki, to resign his post in the wake of problems at VA clinics across the country. Today, news was reported that 26 clinics across the country, including clinics in Georgia, are under investigation for failing to provide adequate care for veterans. In 2013, issues were raised at the Charlie Norwood VA in Augusta regarding delays in care that led to at least three veteran deaths.

Congressman Barrow said:

“Secretary Shinseki is a decorated veteran who has served this country honorably, and I’ve personally met him on numerous occasions and found him to be devoted to caring for this nation’s heroes.  Unfortunately, this Administration has fallen short in providing the kind of care that our veterans have earned.  While I don’t think a change in leadership will immediately solve the serious problems that plague the VA, I do think it’s time to give someone else an opportunity to lead the agency and begin the rebuilding process to ensure these issues never happen again. Our nation’s veterans deserve the best we can give them, and too much time has passed since this issue was brought to light without anyone being held accountable.  Secretary Shinseki deserves the utmost respect for his service, but it's time for someone new to get to the bottom of what's happened on his watch.”

Congressman Barrow and House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) conducted an oversight visit of the Augusta VA following the claims.