Murkowski: VA problems 'far larger than 1 man'


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Alaska's senior U.S. senator says the structural problem within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is "far larger than one man."

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski was reacting to Friday's resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

She said in a statement that if true reform is to be enacted and felt within the VA, "Shinseki should be the first of many, many more to depart the agency."

The resignation comes amid allegations of problems, including delayed medical care, at VA facilities nationwide.

Murkowski and Democratic Sen. Mark Begich had reserved judgment on Shinseki and not called for his resignation.

Begich said Shinseki's resignation won't fix the reported problems. He said he would demand answers so the VA nationally can achieve the kind of progress he says has been seen in Alaska.

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