Tuesday, July 17, 2007

VA Secretary Resigns

From the WP:
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson announced his resignation today, saying he would step down from his post as head of the federal government's second-largest department no later than October 1...

The department has been under intense scrutiny for its treatment of injured veterans returning from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as they transition from the military health care system to the VA system, and for its chronically slow processing of the disability claims of disabled, injured or sick veterans from all eras.

Critics complain about lost paperwork, a shortage of VA caseworkers, a backlog of hundreds of thousands of disability claims, and long waits for veterans trying to get initial appointments in the VA health care system.

It's always amusing how these people resign months after the scandal is most heavily being discussed in the media...

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