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  • WANTING ANSWERS: Veterans attend a Senate committee hearing this week investigating reports of long wait times at Veterans Affairs health care facilities across the country. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki (foreground) said he is "mad as hell" and won't leave his post until he completes his mission or is fired by President Obama. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to the Washington Times)

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  • WANTING ANSWERS: Veterans attend a Senate committee hearing this week investigating reports of long wait times at Veterans Affairs health care facilities across the country. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki (foreground) said he is "mad as hell" and won't leave his post until he completes his mission or is fired by President Obama. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to the Washington Times)

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