Eric Shinseki

Under fire, Shinseki faces homeless veterans

Under fire, Shinseki faces homeless veterans

The embattled Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki (shin-SEHK’-ee) is to address a homeless veterans group on Friday. Shinseki faces calls to resign from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress because of an escalating scandal about problems in the VA’s nationwide health care system. The White House says President Barack Obama is waiting for a […]

Shutdown could halt disability payments to 3.8 million veterans

Shutdown could halt disability payments to 3.8 million veterans

About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped. Shinseki spelled out some of the dire consequences of a longer-term shutdown in […]

Obama’s second-term, reshuffled cabinet taking shape

Obama’s second-term, reshuffled cabinet taking shape

The composition of President Barack Obama’s second term Cabinet became clearer Wednesday, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigning and three other members of the president’s team deciding to stay on amid concerns about diversity in Obama’s inner circle. Solis, a former California congresswoman and one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the Cabinet, said she was […]