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SVA Reaffirms Support for Secretary Shinseki

SVA Reaffirms Support for Secretary Shinseki

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Placido Salazarpsalazar9@satx.rr.comSVA Reaffirms Supportfor Secretary Shinseki
There are a lot of things which perhaps General Eric Shinseki, or anybody else inhis position, could do to improve a gigantic mess, such as the one he inheritedfrom previous corrupt VA officials
 –
 
but it’s apparent that this writer is totallyunfamiliar with VA Secretary Shinseki’s every
-day operation. We have met withhim on several occasions and know that he is a very accessible official. Has hedelivered on everything that asked? No, he has not, but I believe that there areseveral hundred congressmen to blame for that; namely, the full-service 24/7 VAhospital in The Rio Grande Valley.At the VA headquarters in DC, there is a specially-designated elevator for the VASecretary to use, but Shinseki takes the public-use elevator with everybody else tothe cafeteria and sits down unannounced at various tables with Veterans todiscuss whatever they choose to discuss.
As for the “unemployed Veterans” issue –
the blame for that belongs at the Deptof Labor and other areas responsible for the totally unbalanced trade with China,which began in the George W. administration. It seems that almost 90% of themerchandise at Wal-
Mart, Sears, Macy’s or the BX, is
“MADE IN CHINA, Vietnam,Indonesia” 
etc., including the durable equipment or diabetic shoes issued by theVA. So, not just Veterans, but American workers in general, are unemployedbecause of all the jobs which were shipped to China and other countries. THAT
 –
I
don’t believe Shinseki had any control over…… so, I don’t know is this reporter’s
ignorance
 
qualifies him to demand Shinseki’s resignat
ion.Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran
Veterans’ Legislation Liaison
 Dr. Hector P. Garcia American GI Forum Org
 
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FW: RELEASE: SVA Reaffirms Support for Secretary Shinseki
Have you seen this? What is your take?
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Student Veterans of America[mailto:no_reply@studentveterans.org] 
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PRESS RELEASE March 20, 2013
SVA Reaffirms Support for Secretary Shinseki
Time Magazine Columnist Calls for Resignation
WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, is the targetof an upcoming Time Magazine article titled,"Ten Years After: A National Disgrace," scheduled to be published on March 25. The columnist, Joe Klein, criticized Secretary Shinseki for the VA claimsbacklog, his absence from the media, and a supposed disconnect between him and this newestgeneration of veterans. Klein ultimately called for Shinseki's resignation.In response to the article, The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) both came to
 
the Secretary's defense.Student Veterans of America's (SVA) executive director followed suit and issued the followingstatement:"I am disappointed to read an article from a prominent journalist that is so one-sided. Clearly, he didnot take the time to interview leading veteran advocates that represent millions of veterans,including those from Iraq and Afghanistan, prior to penning the article.I have met with the Secretary on numerous occasions and he has always been receptive torecommendations offered by SVA, an organization created and now led by numerous veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The notion that he is disconnected from this newest generation of veterans is misguided.

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