Earlier this week, President Obama vented his anger towards the allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, and promised to remove anyone responsible for the alleged acts.
During a press conference, Obama expressed his approach on the VA claims, stating, “I will not stand for it. Not as commander-in-chief, but also not as an American.”
The allegations stemmed from consistent reports of veterans being waited on too slowly; in some cases, the wait lasted over a year. In late April, arguably the most shocking report of VA mistreatment was released.
CNN reported that 40 U.S. veterans died at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, as they waited for treatment. From there, it was discovered that a “secret wait list” was being used by the care center, of which top management knew.
Obama vows to address the veteran care issues, and claims, “Once we know the facts, I assure you, if there was misconduct, people will be punished,” he said.