After meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in the Oval Office, President Obama held a brief press conference Wednesday morning to address the ongoing investigations into scheduling delays, secret lists that may have contribute to deaths in the VA system.
The Two-Way on NPR reports:
Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified Veterans Affairs records “will be held accountable,” President Obama said Wednesday. The president condemned the reported widespread problems at the VA, defending Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.
Obama dispatched White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors to Phoenix where some of the most serious charges originated.
Speaking about reports of long wait times — and efforts to cover up the delays — Obama said that if they’re proven true, the behavior is “dishonorable” and “disgraceful.”
“I will not stand for it,” Obama said. “None of us should.”
The VA Inspector Generals office is reported looking into more than two dozen VA centers for delayed scheduling and producing misleading statistics about veteran care.