Local veterans react to resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

Eric Shinseki (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) - It is the end of the road for embattled Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

The four-star general resigned Friday after the exposure of widespread problems in the VA.

The President praised Shinseki, but said it was time for him to move on, and for the issues to be fixed.

"We are going to do right by our veterans across the board," said President Barack Obama. "As long as it takes, we're not going to stop working to make sure they get the care, the benefit and the opportunities that they earned and they deserve."

Shinseki addressed a veterans group in Washington Friday and admitted he was too trusting of the information being given to him. He said the breach of integrity was unacceptable.

"So I will not defend it, because it is indefensible," Shinseki said at a morning breakfast. "But I can take responsibility for it...and I do."

In recent days the steady drumbeat calling for his removal grew louder. Among the first asking for his ouster - the American Legion.

"For it to get this deep is ridiculous," said Peter Gaytan, executive director of the American Legion. "A of people say removing the secretary doesn't advance this process...well, it does."

At the World War II Memorial Friday, some veterans of that war support today's move.

"He was a four-star general and had an honorable background, but that doesn't qualify you to be an administrator," said veteran Taylor Paul.

"I'm glad the President accepted his resignation," said veteran Fred Wernette.