LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -
With the resignation of Veterans Affaris Secretary Eric Shinseki after widespread troubles in the VA healthcare system, East Texas veterans are questioning what, if any, effect it will have on the current state of the VA.
"I don't think it's going to make a bit of difference; I'm glad he did leave. If they don't use the funds they have for the right purposes, it doesn't matter who they put in there," Don Kinsey said.
The apology and resignation of Eric Shinseki draws skepticism from East Texas veterans on the future of the VA.
Disabled veteran Rick Homer sees the resignation as window dressing, saying, "I don't think it will change anything for the ones in the past that's had so many problems. It's hard to regain your faith in something that you've put your faith into for so many years and then get slapped in the face for even that many more years."
Many say the although Shinseki is stepping down, the VA is left with the same problem.
"The government's never been able to do anything that I know of with any efficiency. You can't put a band-aid on this."
Shinseki, a retired four-star army general, has overseen the VA since the start of Obama's presidency. And some say the responsibility goes farther up.
"The area of responsibility starts low and ultimately goes up to the top," Air Force Vietnam vet David Applewhite said.
Homer added, "Instead of him taking the blame like he should have, he's pushed it off on the VA guy. When it should be the president."
The bottom line is the VA must be fixed.
"Whoever takes his place, will always remember what happened to the general. I believe they should put the veteran first. There are veterans who deserve a whole lot more. They served their country, they spilled blood, and by God, we need to do that for them."