Senator Kay Hagan Says VA Secretary Eric Shinseki Should "Step Aside"

A Democratic senator from our state is now adding her voice to calls for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

In a statement, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan said she was "outraged" at Wednesday's release of an internal investigation into the scandal over VA medical care.

"Now that some of the most serious allegations have been confirmed by the independent investigation, we can no longer put our faith in the current VA leadership's ability to fix these problems," said Hagan.

The VA Inspector General found the average wait time for care at the Phoenix VA hospital was 115 days and that records were manipulated to cover it up.

"Secretary Shinseki has served our country honorably over many decades, but in the interest of regaining the trust of our veterans, and implementing real and lasting reforms, I believe it is time for him to step aside and allow new leadership to take the helm at the VA to correct these failings immediately," said Hagan.