Lanham, MD (PRWEB) May 16, 2014
AMVETS (American Veterans) supports Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki taking appropriate action today, and views VA's announced resignation of Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert Petzel as a solid step toward the accountability needed at the troubled VA.
“Veterans overall feel VA does a good job in providing quality health care,” said AMVETS National Executive Director Stewart Hickey. “Dr. Petzel’s four decades of distinguished service to Veterans is a large part of that overall satisfaction.”
Earlier this month in a news release, AMVETS urged Secretary Shinseki to “openly address the valid concerns of America’s veterans and let them know what steps he is taking to fix the troubled VA.” In the shadow of public outcries for Shinseki’s resignation, Hickey said the VA Secretary needed to “publicly shed the misperceptions of failed leadership and accountability.”
“Managing a health system this large will inevitably have its problems,” Hickey said. “But dramatic cultural changes are needed to get VA beyond the overall good job and get to the systemic quality health care that veterans need and deserve.” Hickey stressed how AMVETS and its members, as well as the other organizations that provide service and advocacy on behalf of American veterans, are very concerned about the problems rampant within the VA health care system.
“Dr. Petzel’s departure has been known and expected,” Hickey said. “It is, however, the first of many actions we expect to see from Secretary Shinseki to restore the public’s confidence in the VA, as well as the VA’s Health System and his own credibility.”
A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and veterans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally chartered veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves. For more information visit http://www.amvets.org.