May 21st, 2014
10:39 PM ET

Obama: Shinseki stays despite calls for resignation

The fallout continuing to grow over the scandal at America's veteran hospitals. The House just passed a bill that cuts through the red tape and makes it easier to fire senior officials at Veteran Affairs for misconduct.

The bill comes as President Barack Obama finally broke his silence Wednesday after meeting with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

Obama: Shinseki stays for now, but VA misconduct will be punished

The president went before the American public to express his outrage and frustration over the alleged misconduct revealed by CNN that may have resulted in the deaths of at least 40 veterans in Arizona.

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," the President Obama said.

For now, the president is standing by Shinseki.

But as the crisis continues to snowball, Democrats are breaking with the President.

In interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, Democratic Congressman John Barrow from Georgia explains why he's now calling for Shinseki's resignation.

"It's a whole lot easier for someone new to investigate and you also get to a point where someone needs to be held accountable," Barrow said. "People died as a result of this."

OutFront, Andy Card, the former White House Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, and Bill Burton, the Former Deputy White House Press Secretary for President Obama.

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Filed under: Health • News • Politics • Veterans
October 10th, 2013
09:49 PM ET

K9s for Warriors: Shelter dogs helping veterans with PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects millions of Americans.

While it's very difficult to treat, one woman's IDEA for a treatment may not be intuitive, but it is becoming increasingly popular.
It doesn't require any drugs, has no side effects, and boasts a success rate of 97 percent.
Skeptical? So were some of the people it's now helping.

Erin Burnett reports.

Filed under: Animals • I.D.E.A. • Veterans
October 10th, 2013
08:23 PM ET

Shutdown threatens veteran benefits: 3.8M vets waiting for disability checks

Capitol dysfunction is now hurting the men and women who have risked their lives for this country. Millions of wounded veterans are due a combined $6 billion worth of benefits in November.

But as long as the shutdown continues, the checks won't go out.

Barbara Starr is OutFront.

Filed under: Government Shutdown • News • Veterans
September 30th, 2013
08:52 PM ET

Shutdown could hurt nation's veterans

As we've mentioned, all "essential" people – like members of Congress – will keep getting paid during a government shutdown.

But when it comes to members of the military, especially the nation's disabled veterans who often times live paycheck to paycheck, well, they're being told that they could get IOU's. Barbara Starr is OutFront with more.

Filed under: Government Shutdown • Military • Veterans
July 11th, 2012
08:53 PM ET

California spends millions for veterans home, but budget crisis keeps homes empty

California has a budget shortfall of $15.7 billion, yet spent a quarter-billion in state and federal funds to build two new, state-of-the-art nursing homes for veterans.

The problem is, the state can't come up with enough money to run the place. So now, no one can move in and the state is spending a fortune maintaining empty buildings.

CNN's Casey Wian reports.

Filed under: Economy • Politics • Power Failures • Veterans