Marine vet downplays Shinseki’s resignation

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — Veteran Affairs Secretary and decorated four-star Army General Eric Shinseki resigned his post Friday in the wake of widespread troubles in the VA healthcare system.

President Obama accepted his resignation with “considerable regret” but said he accepts all responsibility for what has happened.

Marine Corporal Michael Stubbs was serving in Iraq when he was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED). Stubbs told Eyewitness News he went to the Providence VA Center for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury, but was met with delays and other issues.

In regards to Gen. Shinseki’s resignation, Cpl. Stubbs said it doesn’t mean much to most veterans.

“I think once something like this comes to light, and being in more than one location, it’s clearly systemic,” he said. “As far as the common vet in the street, or the general consensus – what’s next?”

The Newport resident said it’s even more regrettable given Shinseki’s commitment to this nation.

“The man served his country, but unfortunately, in times like this, he is at the top and you do need to step down,” Stubbs added.

Despite the words from the president, the retired corporal said he really only cares about one thing – that those who served receive proper, timely care.

“I really don’t think it mattered what he had to say. I think the damage has been done,” he said. “People are aware of where that damage was done, how long it’s been going on, and who’s on the wrong end of that, which is the veterans.”

Two recent audits of the Providence VA Center cleared the hospital of all wrongdoing, but speaking from his experience, Cpl. Stubbs said he wasn’t convinced.

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