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Vets React to VA Chief's Resignation

Veterans hope V.A Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation will result in a change for the better at V.A. clinics across the country.

The VA scandal has had Texoma veterans talking for a while.
And now that the investigation has led to the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki will that help begin the solution to all the problems vets face obtaining their medical care?

Mechell Dixon spoke with some local vets and joins us with more.

Reactions of local vets have ranged from happy to indifferent but all have said they hope V.A Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation will result in a change for the better at V.A. clinics across the country.

Josh Lydell is a former Marine corporal who is a long way from home.
In March, he started walking from South Carolina to California to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
And while in Wichita Falls, he saw this on his cell phone.

"A few minutes ago, Secretary Shinseki offered me his own resignation. With considerable regret, I accepted," President Obama announced.

Lydell says while he's indifferent to Shinseki's resignation he is literally taking steps to help correct the problem with his Warrior's Walk across america.

"We know that what's happening is broken.  We know the system isn't working.   So, an organization like the Wounded Warrior Project is there to help make it work and so I'm trying to help where I can rather than focus on the problem," Lydell says.

Kymm Putman was discharged from the Air Force as a Tech Sergeant after 15 years of service.
She says she goes to the local V.A. Clinic for annual physicals but it takes one to two months to get an appointment.
And she feels Shinseki's resignation is a step in the right direction for better service and care for veterans.

"It's not just about him resigning.  I just would like to see the VA improve services and get quicker access, especially for those who are really ill and need access.  Maybe Shinseki knew or didn't know, but him leaving, we still have a lot of work to do," Putnam adds.

Putman says she has other insurance and is not dependent on getting treatment at the V.A. Clinic.
As for Lydell and other local vets, they say they have endured wait time of up to several months to be seen.
And they hope a new chief at the helm of the Department of Veterans Affairs will bring some new changes.

For more information on Josh Lydell's Warrior Walk, click the following link:

https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/thewarriorwalk

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