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President Obama accepts resignation of VA Secretary, Erik Shinseki

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The top administrator at the Veterans Affairs Department has taken the fall for the scandal that cost veterans critical care and in some cases their life.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The top administrator at the Veterans Affairs Department has taken the fall for the scandal that cost veterans critical care and in some cases their life.

President Obama accepted Erik Shinseki's resignation during a face to face meeting Friday morning.

He took responsibility for the problems plaguing the system and told Obama it's time for new leadership.

Representative Chris Stewart agrees, saying Shinseki lost the trust of the American people.

"We are finally, I think going to cast light on the depth of this problem rather than ignoring it. I mean, the things that people have done to hide this problem are certainly unethical, it betrayed the trust of the American people and might have even crossed the line into criminal," said Stewart, ( R ) Ut.

Senator Orrin Hatch wasn't calling for the resignation, referring to Shinseki as an honorable and honest man, but there is no denying a systemic collapse.

"Every veteran should get decent, honorable, in time care. If there is any veteran that has been wounded fighting for this country they ought to be immediately taken care of in every case," said Hatch, ( R ) Ut.

Other members of Utah's Congressional Delegation are weighing in too.

“The systemic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department will not be resolved by the resignation of General Shinseki and the chore of fixing them ultimately falls on the President," said Senator Mike Lee, ( R ) Ut.

"Leadership begins at the top and the secretary's resignation was a necessary first step in taking responsibility for actions that took place on his watch," added Representative Jim Matheson, (D) Ut.

As an Air Force veteran Stewart says that is the military way.

"If we, for example had an airplane crash, a squadron that lost an airplane we just knew the squadron commander was going to be held responsible for that," said Stewart.

The President admitted he regrets to accept the resignation under these circumstances, but agrees the distraction would stand in the way.

He named Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson as the Acting Secretary.

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