IAVA Responds to VA Secretary Nicholson's Resignation
Thu Jul 19, 2007 01:07
 

 
7/18/07 - The Jeff Faries Show... 1480 AM KPHX
IAVA Responds to VA Secretary Nicholson's Resignation
Audio
http://www.apfn.net/pogo17/A010I070718-864J.MP3


IAVA Responds to VA Secretary Nicholson's Resignation




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
CONTACT:
Michael Houston, IAVA (212) 982-9699 or michael@iava.org

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson Resigns
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Applaud Decision

NEW YORK - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest organization for the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, issued the following statement in response to the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson:

"Secretary Nicholson's resignation should be welcome news for all veterans. Tens of thousands of veterans currently are waiting for their first VA appointment, and the backlog of veterans' benefits claims has increased by more than 50% in three years, to more than 350,000. The VA under Secretary Nicholson has also been woefully unprepared for the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, consistently underestimating the number of new veterans who would seek care, and failing to spend the money Congress allotted to treat mental health issues." said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "Bottom line: Secretary Nicholson is the FEMA Director Michael Brown that America doesn't know about."

"More than 1.5 million veterans have already served in Iraq and Afghanistan and that number continues to grow. Many will require long-term care for a myriad of issues, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Adequately addressing the needs of these veterans and their families will require dedicated and responsible leadership," said Rieckhoff.

"President Bush now has a tremendous opportunity to replace Secretary Nicholson with a well-qualified and effective candidate. We urge the President to reach far and wide into the growing community of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for feedback and possible replacements. Our nation's heroes and their families deserve the best possible leadership President Bush can provide."

For more information on Secretary Nicholson's tenure at the Department of Veterans Affairs, please see our Fact Sheet at www.iava.org.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the nation's first and largest organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. IAVA is nonprofit and nonpartisan and represents more than 60,000 veterans and their civilian supporters in all 50 states. To arrange an interview with Paul Rieckhoff or any other IAVA veterans, please contact Michael Houston at (212)-982-9699, or michael@iava.org. For more information, visit www.iava.org.

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In February, Judy Woodruff interviewed IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff about the failures of the VA to provide adequate care for returning veterans, and Secretary Nicholson was given a chance to respond.

Watch now:


IAVA
http://www.iava.org

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7/18/07 - The Jeff Faries Show... 1480 AM KPHX
IAVA Responds to VA Secretary Nicholson's Resignation
Audio
http://www.apfn.net/pogo17/A010I070718-864J.MP3

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