By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) issued the following statement in response to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation:
“I welcome the resignation of Secretary Shinseki. The time has come for new leadership. Accountability must come from the top and it’s clear that the entire leadership of the VA needs to be held accountable.
“This sets the stage for the nomination and confirmation of a new Secretary who will have a mandate and a duty to carry out serious systemic reforms. The culture of callousness that has developed at the VA must end immediately, and I look forward to working with the new leadership and my fellow members of Congress to implement real reform. America’s veterans have kept their promises to our nation, and I’m determined to ensure that we keep our promises to them.”
A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.