VA Secretary Shinseki’s Farewell Message

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki speaking at the suicide prevention conference. Photo courtesy of the VA blog.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki speaking at the suicide prevention conference. Photo courtesy VA blog.

The following message was published Friday, May 30, 2014, on the VA blog, Vantage Point:

This morning, I resigned as secretary of Veterans Affairs. My personal and professional commitment and my loyalty to Veterans, their families, and our survivors was the driving force behind that decision. That loyalty has never wavered, and it will never wane.

Over the course of the last five-and-a-half years, you have made significant and lasting progress in expanding access for Veterans, in significantly decreasing the backlog in Veterans’ claims while building the system that will end the backlog in 2015, and in bringing an end to Veterans’ homelessness. We have come a long way together in bringing this department into the 21st Century in ways that will serve Veterans well into the future. Yet, there is more work to be done, and I have no doubt that you will achieve all that you set about doing in the interest of Veterans.

I have been privileged to have served as your Secretary and am deeply grateful to the employees and leaders who have placed the interests of Veterans above and beyond their own self-interests; who are serving with dignity, compassion, and dedication; and who live by VA’s core values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence. I know that you will provide your support and loyalty to Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson, who is now your leader. In fact, I expect it.

Thank you. May God richly bless all of you, Veterans, and this great country of ours.

Eric K. Shinseki

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One Response

  1. We thanks Secretary Shinseki for his honesty, also if we regret he has rassigned his dimission. What has happened should not have must controlled, for one may not consider the retard on cares as due to him, but, more, to whom was responsables of wait lists compilation and calls of veterans. As happen on civil hospitals there nay be a not consideration of the relevance and need of tempestivity on give adeguate cares to veterans. here is the responsability. Secretary has ever follow veterans well and with attention. We are sure all veterans have him on their hearts and all consider not him like the responsable of what happened. We appreciate his activity and assure he shall be ever on our hearts. claudio alpaca

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