May 29 - Calls for U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign grow louder after the agency's inspector general confirms ''systemic'' and widespread VA scheduling abuses to cover up long wait times for veterans' healthcare. Vanessa Johnston reports.
A tense hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday night, after an internal Veterans Affairs investigation confirmed the cover-up of long wait times for veterans' healthcare. SOUNDBITE (English) HOUSE VETERANS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN (R-FL), JEFF MILLER, SAYING: "Veterans died! Get us the answers please!" SOUNDBITE (English) VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICIAL, JOAN MOONEY, SAYING: "I understand that Mr. Chairman and I will look --" SOUNDBITE (English) HOUSE VETERANS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN (R-FL), JEFF MILLER, SAYING: "That's what you said three months ago!" Many, including Arizona Senator John McCain, are calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. SOUNDBITE (English) ARIZONA SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN SAYING: "If Secretary Shinseki does not step down voluntarily, then I call on the president of the United States to relieve him of his duties." Whistleblowers at a Phoenix VA facility were the first to expose the cover-up of veterans' delayed healthcare. . An ongoing investigation found the practice to be nationwide. It linked these actions to performance appraisals, bonus awards and salary increases for VA executives.