The following is President Obama’s full statement of the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:
Good morning, everybody.
A few minutes Secretary Shinseki and Rob Nabors, who I’ve temporarily assigned to work with the V.A., presented me with the department’s initial review of the V.A. facilities nationwide.
And what they found is that the misconduct has not been limited to a few V.A. facilities, but many across the country. This is totally unacceptable. All veterans deserve the best. They have earned it.
Last week I said that if we found misconduct, it would be punished, and I meant it.
Secretary Shinseki has now begun the process of firing many of the people responsible, including senior leaders at the Phoenix V.A.
He’s canceled any possible performance bonuses this year for VHA senior executives.
And he has ordered the V.A. to personally contact every veteran in Phoenix waiting for appointments to…
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