Veterans Affairs rejects call for aides to quit


The Department of Veterans Affairs is rejecting a call by the American Legion for Secretary Eric Shinseki and two top aides to resign amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix.

The department said Monday that nobody is more committed than Shinseki to completing the work that lies ahead in better serving veterans.

Separately, the White House issued a statement saying President Barack Obama "remains confident" in Shinseki's ability to lead the department.

Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger accused Shinseki and two undersecretaries of poor oversight and failed leadership during a news conference Monday in Indianapolis.

The Phoenix hospital faces allegations that up to 40 patients may have died because of delays in care and that the hospital hid delays in treatment.

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