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Former VA Officer Says More Resignations To Come

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KALISPELL - Seeing the "unacceptable" results from an internal review of VA hospitals nationwide, President Obama accepts secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation.

The president made the announcement after calling a private meeting with Shinseki in the White House Friday morning.

"We've neglected our veterans for too long," said former VA police lieutenant Daniel Dorsett.

The retired four-star general leaves just as an Inspector General report finds that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off an official waiting list. The investigation brought out deep rooted problems everywhere in the health care system that is supposed to watch over more than 6 million vets each year.

"It's a classic government move. Use an analogy of a body: the arm was the one that was bad, and here they go cutting off the head," said Dorsett.

Dorsett used to be a police officer at a VA hospital in Long Beach, California. He says he's seen what the IG is reporting with his own two eyes.

"This is going to get worse before it gets better," predicted Dorsett, "We haven't even seen the depth of corruption that there is at the VA," said Dorsett.

Montana's legislators seem to fall on both sides of the fence reacting to the news. Representative Steve Daines wrote in an email that "secretary Shinseki's resignation is the first step to restoring accountability to the VA system." Senator John Walsh also called it an "important step." Both Daines and Walsh had earlier called for the secretary's resignation.

Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee who has worked with Shinseki, said, "secretary Shinseki's record of service and his efforts to improve the lives of his fellow veterans stand for what is right about America." He called on the Justice Department to launch an investigation of VA healthcare nationwide.

"Most people have never met the secretary, have never had any contact, so it allows the spirit of nothing is going to happen to me. It'll always be taken care of in congress," said Dorsett. Even though he lives off a government pension, Dorsett says he would go so far as to testify in front of congress to see that the right people are ousted.

The President named deputy VA secretary Sloan Gibson as the acting secretary while the administration looks for a permanent replacement.

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