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Troubles at the VA cost former Secretary Eric K. Shinseki his post this spring. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Congress had said the VA's ability to send out the cards on time was a key test for the Obama administration and Secretary Bob McDonald (above), whom the president tapped to replace Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. (Associated Press)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told Congress he will stay on despite growing calls for his resignation. Mr. Shinseki, a disabled veteran, has headed the department since the beginning of President Obama's first term, when the VA's report identified many of the problems the department has yet to fix. (Associated Press)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told Congress he will stay on despite growing calls for his resignation. Mr. Shinseki, a disabled veteran, has headed the department since the beginning of President Obama's first term, when the VA's report identified many of the problems the department has yet to fix. (Associated Press)

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VA Secretary-designate Eric K. Shinseki will have to seek out new solutions for the health problems of an ever-growing population of veterans.