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McCain: Accountability needed for VA problems

  • Associated Press
  • May 30, 2014 - 7:20 PM

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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