- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 22, 2014

While most want to get rid of disorganization within the Veterans Affairs Department, some think the only way to fix the problem is to add a little more “Chaos.”

A petition is calling for Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis to serve as the new head of the VA. The general, whose call sign was “Chaos,” retired in May 2013 after a 41-year military career marked with milestones such as serving as the commander of U.S. Central Command and the NATO Supreme Allied Commander.

“Show veterans their voice matters by transforming the VA into an organization that American veterans can be proud of,” the petition on WhiteHouse.gov said. “Gen. Mattis is the most competent general officer of his generation and a natural leader. There is no better individual to lead the VA along the path of needed change.”

Veterans groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been calling for VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to resign amid allegations that at least 40 veterans died while awaiting care on a secret list at a Phoenix VA facility. It’s now believed that the problem is more widespread as whistleblowers from other facilities have revealed similar problems in quality of care.

The petition was created Monday and only has about 60 signatures. It’ll need to reach 100,000 signatures by June 18 to earn a response from the White House.