Amid troubling allegations against the Veterans Administration, Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith feels that dramatic changes are needed to address the growing scandal surrounding the VA. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has had numerous senators, including Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, calling for his resignation in wake of recent allegations as lawmakers from both parties continue to press for changes. Congressman Smith, however, doesn’t think that if Secretary Shinseki steps down that the problems in the Veterans Administration will be solved.
“Let’s just hypothetically say that the secretary steps down. I don’t think that fixes it either, there needs to be some systemic changes,” Smith says. “We need to make sure that we reflect the wishes and needs of veterans themselves.”
Smith doesn’t think its a funding problem, but instead an issue with a massive bureaucracy that is failing former armed service members.
Congressman Smith notes that funds to the VA have more then doubled since the year 2000. More and more areas are reporting excessive delays for veterans to get needed care, with some said to be life threatening. Some senators are calling for an investigation by the Justice Department in wake of the recent allegations against the VA.