Congressman John Barrow

Representing the 12th District of GEORGIA

Barrow Statement on Resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Appointment of Acting Secretary

May 30, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today released the following statement on the resignation of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, and the appointment of Acting Secretary, Sloan Gibson.

Congressman Barrow said:

“For nearly 50 years, General Shinseki has honorably served this country in various capacities, serving with special distinction in our nation’s military.  The problems at the VA do not undo the decades of service he’s given to our country.  Unfortunately, these problems are much more serious than we were led to believe, and the only way to move forward is to begin a top-to-bottom rebuilding of the Agency. You couldn’t find a nicer person or more dedicated public servant than General Eric Shinseki, but this changing of the guard is critical to move the VA forward.”

Congressman Barrow continued:

“I had the honor of meeting one-on-one with now Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson last week in my office in Washington to discuss the issues at the VA.  From our meeting, I found him to be extremely engaged and rightfully frustrated at the situation that has unfolded.  I will remain in contact with Acting Secretary Gibson to ensure that we identify how these problems started, and to ensure that they never happen again.  We owe that to the veterans who’ve given so much to our country.”