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Topic - Tom Tarantino
The number of veterans who have their reproductive organs damaged in combat is growing, leading a top senator to propose legislation that would make fertility care a bigger part of Veterans Affairs hospitals' missions.
For American troops, the Iraq conflict has ended and the Afghanistan War is winding down at a time when the U.S. economy is struggling and unemployment statistics for veterans are stark.
Dr. Petzel's planned departure makes his resignation less significant, and the VA needs to do more than just find a scapegoat, said Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
"There may indeed be serious doubts about Dr. Petzel's leadership as it relates to recent allegations of manipulating wait times for VA health care appointments, but his early departure does nothing to solve those concerns," Mr. Tarantino said in a statement. "Without real action from the VA, this token resignation just weeks before it was already scheduled to happen does nothing to rebuild faith in VA health care."