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As VA Allegations Continue, Vets Meet with Secretary Shinseki

Washington, DC (May 9, 2014) — Allegations of mismanagement and cover-up at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continue to grow across the country, with reports from Phoenix, Fort Collins in Colorado, Austin and San Antonio. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America today participated in a private meeting with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and other Veterans Service Organizations. IAVA and the other VSOs groups discussed questions of VA accountability and how the Administration will ensure veterans get the care and support they need.

“It’s important for veterans to hear from the Secretary – and from the President. We appreciate today’s critical discussion with Secretary Shinseki and hope he will continue to be out front. IAVA members are angry and outraged at the reports from Phoenix, Fort Collins, and Texas. We still need answers about accountability and fixing the problems that have prevented vets from getting the care and support they have earned. The VA still must earn back the confidence from vets shaken by the growing controversy,” said IAVA Chief Policy Officer Tom Tarantino, who attended today’s meeting.

IAVA also continues to gather stories from veterans and VA employees to assess the scope of VA mismanagement and cover up. Vets and employees can confidentially share their story at http://iava.org/share-your-va-story-iava.

Note to media: IAVA leadership will be available for interviews Friday and throughout the weekend.

Note to media: Email press@iava.org or call 212-982-9699 to speak with IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff or IAVA leadership.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. As a non-profit founded in 2004, IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans. Celebrating its 12th year anniversary, IAVA has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided more than 7,300 veterans with personalized support from IAVA’s Master’s level social workers.