WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama has accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. The president and secretary met Friday morning to discuss the ongoing controversy in delays in health care and problems throughout the VA system.

More than 100 members of Congress were calling on Shinseki to resign amid the scandal. However, only after the secretary spoke with the president did he tender his resignation.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who was in Israel Friday on a fact-finding mission, said he was keeping a close eye on the situation. He was waiting to hear Shinseki’s report on the VA failures before passing judgment on his future with the administration.

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said his main concern right now is West Virginia veterans receiving health care in a timely fashion.

“The most important thing is how do we get our veterans the services they need without putting them on a waiting list or forgetting about them,” stressed Manchin.

The senator said now is not the time to focus on politics.

“I would be more concerned right now, if I have anybody in West Virginia not getting the services and they’re waiting and can’t be seen, how can I get them the services that they need,” said the Senator. “That’s my main concern.”

Before Shinseki handed in his resignation he made a public apology.

“I also offer that apology to members of Congress who have supported me, to veterans service organizations who have been my partners for five years, and the American people. All of them, all of them deserve better from the VA,” said Shinseki.

In naming Shinseki’s replacement, Obama was adamant it not be a distraction to fixing the VA.

“At this stage, what I want is somebody at the VA who’s not spending time outside of solving problems for the veterans,” Obama said.

Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson was tapped by the president to temporarily take Shinseki’s job. Sloan is new to the department. The West Point grad has been out of government for years and working in the private sector until recently.

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  • DWL

    How many "4 Star's" has the m0r0n ruined now? If he touches it - it shall die!

  • Shadow

    Shinseki was raised in a Culture of Honesty and served in the Combat Military where honesty is the byword. Unfortunately, this background doesn't work well in a government bureaucracy. Reagan said it best, Trust but Verify.

  • WVU 74

    “I would be more concerned right now, if I have anybody in West Virginia not getting the services and they’re waiting and can’t be seen, how can I get them the services that they need,” said the Senator. “That’s my main concern.”

    Then do it, Senator! Your membership in the Sub Committees of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources don't appear to be of any benefit to West Virginia.

    Perhaps your membership in the Sub Committees of the Committee on Armed Forces will. You're in Israel. Ask them how they best treat their Veterans? Remember, you're in a country where every Israeli is considered a "soldier at the front."

  • Brian

    Shinseki will just get some other overseas cush job, created by the Obama admin. he never truly fires or accepts any resignations of his appointees. they're his scapegoats. I respect the fact Shinseki was a Vet, we all owe him that, he just should not be in charge of something this big. not many people are capable of handling this job anyway. Obama just seems to appoint and surround himself with incompetence.

  • ViennaGuy

    In fairness to Shinseki, these problems were going on before he became Secretary of Veterans' Affairs; however, he was not successful in fixing it, and by some accounts it got worse during his tenure - so he's out the door.

    For those who think that Shinseki's resignation and replacement will put an end to the politics of this issue, think again. The issue will not go away anytime soon.

  • Truth

    When did old worthless Joe never care about anyone. Besides himself. Hopefully Joe gets caught by the Taliban. This guy is a POS.

  • 2XLPatriot

    When congress controls the purse strings, you can't lay the blame on one man. Shinseki should not have resigned but, someone had to be a scapegoat.

  • DAVE

    a little late for his concern, or rocky's or anyone we have in congress, they had chances to make this right long ago but voted against it. Being a phoney supporter makes you worse than anything Senator.

    • David Kennedy

      I'm trying to remember where the Senator spent those 'Vietnam War years? Was it Farmington or Morgantown?...Most of us went off to the Marines...Yost, Snider...Tarasuk...Most of us came back home...Perhaps, it's best to forget all that crap...It taught me a lot about a war. It's there to make certain people money...no other reason.
      People are wounded..some die...at the end of it all, their lives have no value.
      I remember a conversation with Virgil L.
      ..Virg was a Huey Gunner...did 60 months...killed many gooks...was shot down 5 or 6 times...
      He said,"A man's not worth anything...I killed plenty...but when I shot that water buffalo, they took $1,500 of my pay...that was 6 months pay...a man's not worth anything...just the cost of the round... a water buffalo has real value...I'll never kill one of them again."
      Now , we are old...waiting on the casket. Put a flag on it and salute...what a load of crap that is too.
      The real hero's were in WW-2...those old guys who really saved the country...getting their guts blown out on Iwo Jima and in Europe.
      This country what get what it deserves...they have forgotten what the word valor means.
      These politico's are in it for the money and the power...if they had a scruple of conscousness they would do something to solve the problems of the country but they are mentally feeble and look to the money to be made first.
      It's all just a game...and the suckers born every minute are us. We hope and believe that they will actually do something. LOL