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UPDATE: VA Secretary Shinseki resigns in wake of scandal

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties.

Shinseki's resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. The system provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

Shinseki is a retired four-star Army general who has overseen the VA since the start of Obama's presidency.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is summoning VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to the White House Friday morning.

The meeting comes amid mounting calls for the embattled Shinseki to resign. There are widespread allegations of treatment delays at VA hospitals around the country. Shinseki is expected to give the president an update on a review he has been conducting.

Obama says in a television interviews aired Thursday that he plans to have a "serious conversation" with Shinseki about whether he is prepared to fix the problems.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs says recent weeks have been challenging, but his agency takes caring for veterans seriously.

Eric Shinseki is speaking to advocates for homeless veterans. It's the first time that he has spoken publicly since a scathing inspector general report was released. The report found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off an official waiting list.

The investigation found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system, which provides medical care to more than 6 million veterans annually.

The retired four-star general received loud applause and a standing ovation when he stepped to the podium to address the group that advocates for homeless veterans.




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