VA in Harrisonburg Threatened by Scandal


HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- On Wednesday, the House approved a bill that makes it easier to demote or fire executives. Right now senior officials get at least a month's notice about a possible firing and have an option to appeal; however, now it is the Senate's turn to pass a similar bill.

There has been no change in leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs, but earlier Thursday, a reporter asked Eric Shinseki, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, if he had tendered his resignation to President Obama.

While on Capitol Hill, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio pitched his bill to the Senate.

"Because one of the things that we're learning is not simply that there's a systemic problem in the Veterans Administration but that there has been a deliberate effort by some within the administration some within the Veterans Administration to cover it up or to make things look better than they actually are," said Sen. Marco Rubio.

Across the hall from the Senate, three VA officials were a no-show today at a House panel meeting on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, vets in the Valley are responding to the growing scandal, and they aren't happy.

Mike Nicolas, the commander of VFW post 632 in Harrisonburg said it's a shame that 40 veterans in Arizona had to die before the VA was put under more scrutiny. He and several other veterans at the post say the medical care from the VA is great, it's just a matter of getting to it. They also commented that they've all fought with the VA administration for years.

"We're veterans. We served our country. Most of us got wounded. Some of us got PTSD. It took me 23 years for them to recognize that I was affected with Agent Orange," said Nicolas.

Nicolas says the important thing is for the problem not to be swept under the rug. He says it needs to be fixed.


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