Shasta County Veterans react to Shinseki resignation

May 30, 2014 9:34 PM

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned today after a flood of reports highlighting major discrepancies within the VA health care system was made public on Wednesday.

Veterans all over Shasta County came together at the Redding Civic Auditorium this afternoon to honor fallen servicemen.

But it was more than just honoring those who served for Richard Raker, who started choking up when he heard about the healthcare scandal involving the Veterans Affairs department.

“…we all put in our time to protect our country and do what our government asks us to do...and they don't want to do it for us.”

Raker says Shinseki shouldn't be the one taking the heat for the dirty work done by those who worked below him.

“…he was forced into it...he did a lot of good for the can only do so much in such a short time…”

Other veterans beg to differ.

“Whether he had anything to do with the was still his responsibility.”

One thing Raker and Ward can agree on is how fortunate they are to receive care from the VA clinic in Redding.

“…the administration talks to us...and spends time with us to find out our wants and desires...”

“These people are miracle workers and they do everything they can to help vets at any point in time.”

There are about 6.5 million veterans who receive health care in the U.S. every year -- and the veterans at today's ceremony can only hope for the health care system to get better.

“I hope it turns around gradually...there are too many fellas and ladies that have been waiting in line much too long.”

The public information officer of the VA home in Redding gave Action News Now a statement on Shinseki’s resignation, saying “whatever is best for veterans is what we support”.

The PIO also stated the California Department of Veterans Affairs is a state agency, and is not associated with Shinseki’s federal administration.


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