Decorated Vet Dem Rep. Tammy Duckworth: Shinseki ‘Has to Go’

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has joined a chorus of lawmakers calling for Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki to resign in light of the ongoing VA scandal.

Duckworth is a former VA official and double amputee who served in combat during the Iraq War. In an interview with the Washington Post, she said: “Our first priority should be the veterans and at this point whether Secretary Shinseki will stay or go is too much of a distraction.”

“I think he has to go,” she declared. “He certainly loves veterans, but it’s time for new leadership, it’s time to get someone in who will put veterans first. We’ve moved away from veterans being the primacy of the conversation. It’s now a political discussion and that’s now where it should be when it comes to our nation’s heroes.”

Read the full interview here.

[Image via Jason Reed / Reuters]

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