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  • The St. Louis VA Medical Center has come under scrutiny after the former chief of psychiatry said too many mental health patients must wait for treatment. President Obama and some of his supporters in Congress signaled their next goal may be a boost in funding for the troubled department's health care services.
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    Veterans want better management, say more money at VA is not the answer

    Within minutes of accepting the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, President Obama and some of his supporters in Congress signaled that their next goal may be a boost in funding for the troubled department's health care services.

  • Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki pauses while speaking at a meeting of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Washington. President Barack Obama says he plans to have a "serious conversation" with Shinseki about whether he can stay in his job.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    EDITORIAL: The Shinseki example

    Eric K. Shinseki is a decorated combat veteran of the war in Vietnam, where he won three Bronze Stars. A talent for retreat is not something combat veterans cultivate easily, and on Friday Mr. Shinseki learned a brutal truth in the ways of Washington warfare.

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at her weekly news briefing Friday, May 9, 2014, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. House Democrats stand deeply divided over whether to participate in a Republican-led investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, with Pelosi calling the newest probe a "political stunt."  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Pelosi: Firing Shinseki is 'easy' way out

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday stuck by embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, saying that firing him would be the "easy" way out.

  • ** FILE ** This May 15, 2014, file photo shows Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will allow more veterans to obtain health care at private hospitals and clinics. Shinseki announced the change Saturday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

    1,700 vets not on official wait list at Phoenix VA facility, preliminary report finds

    Staff at the Phoenix VA hospital doctored their records, keeping hundreds of veterans off the official waiting lists and ensuring some would never get to see a doctor for treatment, according to a preliminary audit released Wednesday that confirms some of the worst accusations in the burgeoning scandal.

  • Illustration on Sec. Shinseki and problems with the VA by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

    KEENE: Getting to the root of the VA breakdown

    To fire Eric K. Shinseki or not --- that is the question everyone in Washington is asking. Many, including major veterans' organizations and a lot of Republicans, think he should have been fired yesterday.

  • Bipartisan calls increase for Holder to investigate 'level of criminality' in VA scandal

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican, called on Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to investigate accusations that the VA submitted fake waiting list times in order to bolster its numbers while keeping secret lists of the actual wait times for patients.

  • Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki continues to face questions about patient wait lists and calls for his resignation. The Obama administration was warned about "systemic" VA problems in 2008. (associated press)

    HUMPHRIES: Liberal Bully of the Week: VA chief Eric K. Shinseki

    Retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki has been secretary of veterans affairs throughout the entire Obama administration. During that time, the VA's budget has increased by almost 80 percent, the largest budget increase given to any Cabinet agency.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles, File)

    Sen. Richard Durbin: Firing Eric Shinseki won't solve VA problems

    Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin on Thursday defended President Obama's hesitation to fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki over the mismanagement scandal at VA hospitals.

  • President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, following his meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. The White House moved Wednesday to address the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, summoning VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to an Oval Office meeting, hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a bill that would grant the secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Obama on VA allegations: 'It is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it'

    As he struggles to contain the political damage from the widening VA scandal, President Obama met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki on Wednesday and emerged to say he's pushing for quick, decisive action — but critics say it's another example of his employing strong rhetoric without actually firing anyone.

  • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney listens during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    White House sends mixed signals on when Obama learned of VA problems

    With criticism and anger mounting on both sides of the aisle, the White House on Tuesday struggled to explain exactly when President Obama learned of lengthy wait times and false reporting at Veterans Affairs health care facilities but defended its larger effort to improve care for the nation's veterans.

  • President Barack Obama autographs a banner while visiting a wounded service member at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., June 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Obama warned about VA wait-time problems during 2008 transition

    The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.

  • Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    EDITORIAL: VA shamefully keeping veterans waiting

    Eric K. Shinseki won't resign. The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs assured senators on Thursday that he would fix the bureaucracy that allowed 40 ailing veterans to die waiting for treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix.

  • 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)

    VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is 'mad as hell' about allegations

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Thursday he is "mad as hell" about allegations that at least 40 veterans died while awaiting care on a secret list at the Phoenix VA facility.

  • 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)

    Shinseki vows to stay on job to fix VA health care

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told Congress on Thursday that he's "mad as hell" about accusations against department hospitals, but vowed to stay on the job as he fended off questions about long wait times and charges that a Phoenix facility fabricated documents to hide its poor performance.

  • FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says a leadership change may help resolve what he calls "dysfunction" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix. McConnell says the tenure of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is "embarrassing" and that the agency is in "a stunning period of dysfunction." McConnell isn't calling for Shinseki to step down, but says a change in leadership "might be a good thing."(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

    Eric Shinseki subpoenaed by House Veterans Affairs Committee

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki will testify next week before a Senate committee in the wake of allegations that dozens of veterans died while waiting to receive medical attention.

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