JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--If the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to weather this crisis of confidence, Secretary Eric K. Shinseki needs to publicly address these issues, reassure veterans and their families that access to timely and effective healthcare is top priority and send a strong message that the alleged actions at the Phoenix VA facility will not be tolerated. The credibility of the VA is at stake.
Secretary Shinseki rose to the highest ranks of the Army because of his leadership. He paved the way for our wounded warriors who fight to continue to serve by leading change in Army policies and fighting to remain in the service after his injury. He has consistently demonstrated leadership when it mattered, and now is the time for him to do the same at the VA.
“A test of leadership is not your willingness to step in front of the cameras when things are going well, but your resolve to face the issues and own them when there is a crisis,” said Steve Nardizzi, Wounded Warrior Project CEO.
VA beneficiaries need to know what is being done at the VA concerning the allegations in Phoenix, the ongoing investigations and the resolution of backlogs for care, and they need to hear it from Secretary Shinseki, not media pundits.
Now is not the time to be a humble leader who avoids the limelight. Now is the time to boldly step out and lead from the front to let everyone who has served this country know that the VA is committed to accomplishing its mission of providing the promised care for our veterans and their families.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving injured veterans for their lifetime. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP currently serves 50,000 warriors and nearly 7,000 family members through its unique 20 programs and services. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.