INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – 15 members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama on Monday calling for the resignations of three top Veterans Affairs officials.
The letter comes a week after the Indianapolis American Legion made national news when the top commander first called for the VA Secretary to step down.
Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski is among the 15 members of Congress calling for the three resignations, including VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
Walorski sits on the House Veterans Affairs Committee which oversees the VA. At a VA hearing in April, Walorski said, “This is an American disaster.”
In the letter to President Obama, the Congress members urge for “immediate resignation.” The letter points to problems throughout the VA, including in Phoenix after whistle-blowers accused the hospital of keeping a secret waiting list to hide delays in treatment. At least 40 veterans died while waiting for service there.
The letter also points to a benefits backlog that has more than doubled since 2009, saying “enough is enough.”
“If this happened in the civilian world where negligence was proven time and time again we would be in the streets with signs saying shut them down,” Walorski said during the most recent VA hearing.
The American Legion is hosting a town hall meeting as it opens an investigation into Roudebush. Veterans are invited to share their experiences on Monday, May 19 at 7p.m. at the Legion Post on Georgetown Road in Speedway.