Veterans at The Moving Wall say they're glad Shinseki resigned
THARPTOWN - Veterans interviewed Friday at The Moving Wall strongly supported the resignation of embattled Dept. of Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki from President Barack Obama's cabinet.
One Vietnam veteran believes Shinseki, who is a retired U.S. Army four-star general and was wounded in Vietnam, deserves to go to jail after taking the blame for what he decried as a "lack of integrity" in the sprawling health care system for the nation's military veterans.
When asked about Shinseki's resignation, Sol Bidding, one of the primary organizers of The Moving Wall, stated, "It's about time. Veterans have been neglected a long time and I believe he needed to resign. Gen. Shinseki was following orders from the top, including President Obama and his advisers."
Although he was critical of Shinseki's lack of oversight in treating veterans, Bidding commended Shinseki for being a good lieutenant colonel in Vietnam.
Bidding, a disabled U.S. Marine sergeant who served in Vietnam, believes the Lebanon VA Hospital is the best veterans facility in the state, while others sorely need improvements.
Ken Feese Sr., 66, of Coal Township, who served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in 1965 and 1966 in Vietnam, was also critical of Shinseski.
"I knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time," Feese commented about Friday's resignation.
Feese said he and many other veterans have not received proper treatment from VA medical centers since they returned home from Vietnam.
"The whole VA system is a joke," he said. "Some of the problems have happened on Shinseki's watch. But he didn't start all these problems. They've been going on for years."
"I think he should be in jail," said Joseph Miscavage Jr., 66, of Shamokin, who has been in a wheel chair since suffering a stroke in December 2011.
Miscavage was a petty officer third class and served on rescue helicopters in the U.S. Navy in 1965 and 1966 during the Vietnam War.
"Veterans have been mistreated a long time and I think they should chase out everybody involved with the VA system," he said.