U.S. Senator Mark Pryor released the following statement regarding Secretary Shinseki’s resignation as head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This week, Pryor spoke with the Directors of the Little Rock and Fayetteville VA to determine whether any of the same abuses uncovered in recent reports occurred here in Arkansas.
Secretary Shinseki is a decorated war hero, and there’s no question he cares deeply about our veterans after 40 years wearing our nation’s uniform. I respect his service to our country, and I respect his decision today to step down as VA Secretary in light of the disturbing treatment of veterans at facilities in Arizona and elsewhere. It’s clear there’s a lack of integrity within the VA system and we need to fix it immediately. We have a long road ahead, but I will deliver on my promise to get to the bottom of this for Arkansas veterans.