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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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national lead

August 26th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Scathing report slams veterans' care but says no definite link to deaths

(CNN) - A lengthy report on wait times at VA health care facilities in Phoenix found that 28 veterans had "clinically significant delays" in care, and six of them died, but investigators couldn't conclusively link their deaths to the delays.

The scathing report, released Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General, said the delays were because of scheduling issues.

There were also 17 patients - 14 of whom died - in the review who received poor care but not as a result of access or scheduling issues.


national lead

June 23rd, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Veterans neglected for years in VA facility, report says

(CNN) - Two veterans in a Veterans Affairs psychiatric facility languished for years without proper treatment, according to a scathing letter and report sent Monday to the White House by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, or OSC.

In one case, a veteran with a service-connected psychiatric condition was in the facility for eight years before he received a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation; in another case, a veteran only had one psychiatric note in his medical chart in seven years as an inpatient at the Brockton, Massachusetts, facility.


national lead

May 21st, 2014
11:23 AM ET

Obama on VA allegations: 'I will not stand for it'

(CNN) - He promised accountability and swift action, but he's not firing Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki – yet.

President Barack Obama sought to tamp down increasing calls for firm action on a growing controversy involving fraudulent record-keeping that covered up excessive and sometimes deadly waiting times for veterans at some VA facilities.

In a statement to reporters after meeting with Shinseki, Obama asked for more time to review what is going on, declaring that any proven misconduct will face punishment.

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," he said in his first public comments in weeks on the issue first reported by CNN last month.

Noting the public wants a "swift reckoning" on the VA issue, Obama instead defended the record of his administration and Shinseki - a retired Army general who has served as Veteran Affairs secretary throughout Obama's presidency.


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buried lead

May 6th, 2014
05:07 PM ET

Two key veterans groups call for VA chief Eric Shinseki to resign

Washington (CNN) - The nation's largest veteran organization, The American Legion, and one other veterans group, Concerned Veterans for America, on Monday called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

The calls for his resignation came after months of CNN exclusive reporting on U.S. veterans who have died while waiting for care at VA hospitals across the country, including in Phoenix.

"It's not something we do lightly. But we do so today because it is our responsibility as advocate for the men and women who have worn this nation's uniform," said Daniel M. Dellinger, national commander of the American Legion, speaking in Indianapolis.



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