VA Secretary Shinseki Resigns; Successor Chosen

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties.

Shinseki's resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. The system provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

Shinseki is a retired four-star Army general who has overseen the VA since the start of Obama's presidency.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the man he's chosen to run the Veterans Affairs Department on an interim basis will have a learning curve to overcome.

Sloan Gibson is currently the department's deputy secretary but he's been at the department for less than four months.

Gibson came to the VA after five years as president and CEO of the USO.

That nonprofit organization serves U.S. troops and their families. Before that, Gibson spent 20 years in the banking industry.

He is the son of an Army Air Corpsman who served in World War II and the grandson of a World War I Army infantryman.

He's also a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Gibson replaces VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned Friday.




 
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