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Should Shinseki resign?

The Veterans Affairs backlog in handling vets’ disability claims has some calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. Boston Globe columnist Juliette Kayyem says that although Shinseki’s effectiveness has been undermined by his reluctance to play the D.C. political game, he shouldn’t quit. She writes:

Shinseki is in a generational battle as much as a bureaucratic one. He is the quiet leader at a time when veterans need a persistent public nuisance.

Here’s the entire article.

By Juliette Kayyem
The Boston Globe

This week, we honor those who have died in America’s wars. And those who survive. Veterans

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Pentagon must overcome bureaucracy on PTSD diagnoses

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

It’s welcome news that the Department of Defense is expanding its review of post-traumatic stress syndrome diagnoses. That review will now date back to the 2002 start of the war in Afghanistan and include all branches of the military, not just the Army.

If recent reversals of many diagnoses made at Madigan Army Medical Center are any indications, too many veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been wrongly told that they do not suffer from the disorder, affecting their ability to get treatment and receive disability benefits.

According to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray – who has been a pit bull on the subject of veterans’ mental health care – many soldiers whose diagnoses have been reversed said they were told “they were exaggerating their symptoms, lying and accused of shirking their duties.”
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