ST. CLOUD, Minn. - President Barack Obama announced accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday.
The news comes in the wake of major problems within the health care system for veterans, but many veterans at the VFW Post 4847 in St. Cloud said that one resignation won't fix the problem.
Obama said he regretted accepting the resignation, but "the VA needs new leadership" and he agreed with the secretary's own assessment that he has become too much of a distraction.
"We don't have time for distractions," Obama said. "We need to fix the problem."
Many of the St. Cloud veterans disagree with Shinseki stepping down. Korean War Vet Joe Schirmers said the move was political.
"I think it is a shame," he said. "If they didn't have enough money in these hospitals to do that then why didn't they go to the Congress, these people and say, 'We need more money?'"
By contrast William Thien, Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-in-Chief, said Shinseki's resignation is best. He stopped by the post to to chat with veterans about pressing issues that are currently cripplingly the organization.
"If we find out that a veteran died because of the gaming that they did with the waiting the list, we aren't only going to call for their dismissal but we are going call for criminal actions," Thien said. "The only thing we have ever asked for was accountability and transparency. We want the truth."
Thien's stop in St. Cloud t is part of a tour through Minnesota, where he will visit bout 20 VFW posts.
Meanwhile, Obama said Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson will take temporary charge of the department. Obama said he will nominate a new permanent secretary soon.
The question now, how does the VA fix its problems?