Veterans Affairs under fire for failing soldiers

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Veterans often require healthcare to deal with physical and mental conditions caused by their military service.

As American soldiers complete their active military service with honor and become a veteran, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is supposed to provide them with medical and financial support. Now, the VA is coming under fire from lawmakers and the public, after reports surfaced about dishonest records being written and veterans dying from healthcare delays.

As the 4th largest department in the USA government, the VA spends over $130 billion, and employs 280,000 people in clinics, offices, and medical facilities. Tragically, evidence has come to light that veterans died because the agency ignored them, delayed their care, and wrote false reports claiming to have already helped them.

Considering the dangers and life-threatening experiences that military veterans go through, they often come home with physical and mental conditions from their sacrifices in defense of the USA. That the VA has failed these brave men and women is causing outrage among both Democrats and Republicans, with President Barack Obama demanding answers. Lawmakers are also asking the Department of Justice to investigate the VA, so that veterans receive the proper care they deserve for keeping the country safe with their bravery and hard work.

On Friday, the man in charge of the VA, the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, resigned from his post and Obama accepted. Several other managers will likely resign or be fired over the coming days, as the government cleans house in the VA.

Featured image courtesy of diane cordell on Flickr. Image of VA care courtesy of US Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook.