As VA Scandal Builds, Obama Vows to 'Keep the Faith' With War Veterans on Memorial Day
During his remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, President Barack Obama vowed to "keep the faith" with war veterans, specifically mentioning the Veterans Affairs scandal rocking his administration.
Obama spoke about the “sacred obligations” that America owed its soldiers.
“As we’ve been reminded in recent days, we must do more to keep faith with our veterans and their families, and ensure they get the care and benefits and opportunities that they’ve earned and that they deserve,” he said. “These Americans have done their duty. They ask nothing more than that our country does ours—now and for decades to come.”
Obama has vowed to investigate reports of delayed care and secret waiting lists at Veterans Affairs hospitals but has not acted swiftly to crack down on the failing bureaucracy in the agency.
According to the department's Inspector General, 26 VA facilities are under investigation.
During his trip to visit the troops Afghanistan on Sunday, Obama also reassured soldiers that they would receive the care that they were promised.
“We’re going to stay strong by taking care of our wounded warriors and our veterans,” he said. “Because helping our wounded warriors and veterans heal isn’t just a promise, it’s a sacred obligation.”