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John McCain: Accountability needed for VA problems

PHOENIX — Arizona Senator John McCain says those behind massive problems
within the Department of Veterans Affairs should be held accountable.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday amid allegations of misconduct and
cover-ups at the VA hospital in Phoenix. A report this week by investigators
probing VA facilities nationwide described chronic wait times and found that
about 1,700 veterans in need of care were “at risk of being lost or forgotten”
in the Phoenix area.

Investigators are still in the process of uncovering problems at dozens of VA
facilities across the country while some lawmakers, including McCain, are
calling for criminal probes.

McCain says he respects Shinseki, a retired Army general, calling him a “brave
soldier.” But the Republican senator also says it was time for a change in
leadership at the VA.


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