(PHOENIX, AZ) – Today, amid continuing revelations about the extensive care delivery problems in the Veterans Affairs healthcare system, including a “secret waiting list” at the Phoenix VA which cost 40 lives, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki finally agreed to step down.
“Phoenix VA’s problems are happening in facilities across America. Phoenix VA patients are waiting approximately 115 days to receive care, not 24 days as originally claimed. All over the country, VA records are being falsified to appear care is being given in a timely manner, while wait times mount. America does NOT leave men and women behind on the battlefield.” said Rogers.
“Just yesterday, as veterans, my husband and I received Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s hollow-promise congressional mailer saying she had “demanded . . . swift action to ensure the health and well being of Arizona’s veterans are protected and they [veterans] have timely access to the best possible care.’
So why did it take four weeks for Congresswoman Sinema to call for Secretary Shinseki’s resignation, if she’s “Helping Military Veterans and Their Families” as her mailer title promised? Answer: politics.
In Secretary Shinseki’s own words, the actions underpinning this scandal demonstrate a ‘lack of integrity’ and are ‘indefensible.’ Civilian control of our military is a fundamental to our republic. However, when politics trump respect for life, those politicians must be replaced by civilian leaders who understand sacrifice and leadership.”
April 2014- Initial reports surface regarding the scandal at the Phoenix VA Hospital
Thursday, April 23rd: Wendy Rogers issues press release titled “Where's Kyrsten Sinema?” because Phoenix VA is in Sinema's congressional district.
Friday, April 25th: Wendy Rogers calls for Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman to resign.
Thursday, May 6th: AZcentral.com reports Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema used the Phoenix VA tragedy to raise money for her re-election campaign.
Wednesday, May 7th: Wendy Rogers issues press release calling on General Shinseki to be "relieved of command" immediately.
Thursday, May 8th: Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema remains silent on calling for the resignation of General Shinseki.
Friday, May 9th: Still, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema remains silent on calling for the resignation of General Shinseki.
May 10th- Predictably , Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema still has not called for General Shinseki's resignation.
18 DAYS LATER…
Wednesday, May 28th- Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema follows popular crowd of 113 congressional members calling for General Shinseki to resign.
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema defers taking the lead, instead she places politics above lives of veterans.