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American Legion Defends VA Chief Against Columnist's Charges

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of The American Legion has come out swinging in defense of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Shinseki, a retired four-star Army general and decorated Vietnam War  combat veteran, is the primary target of a scathing, yet-to-be-published TIME Magazine piece penned by prominent columnist Joe Klein. The article, titled "Ten Years After: a National Disgrace" lambastes Shinseki for maintaining a low public profile while veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer mass unemployment and stigma related to widespread and misleadingly alarming media reports of emotional distress among the young former service members.

Klein also pins responsibility, at least in part, on Shinseki for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) large and continuing benefits claims backlog and the failure of  VA and the Department of Defense to institute an integrated electronic medical records system. Of Shinseki, Klein says, "It is time for him to step down."

"While we do not deny that problems and inefficiencies exist within VA and VA-related activities and programs," said James E, Koutz, national commander of The American Legion, "placing the blame on Secretary Shinseki  is wholly unwarranted and disingenuous.  As anyone familiar with our organization knows, we of the Legion have never been shy about identifying deficiencies in VA's operations, facilities and care, but we have found nothing lacking in Shinseki's leadership.

"In truth," continued Koutz, "General Shinseki has been one of the veterans' community's most effective and forceful advocates in recent years. He has spearheaded a bold and winning effort to combat homelessness among young veterans and fought alongside his colleagues in government to increase employment opportunities for former service members and their families. He has struggled mightily to contain and quell the infamous benefits claims backlog crisis despite the burgeoning number of cases being filed by an ever increasing number of veterans entering the VA system and – ironically – exacerbated by his own successful efforts to add to the extensive list of service-connected diseases and conditions that qualify its sufferers for VA medical benefits. Secretary Shinseki has also inspired and shepherded the most generous veterans benefits budgets and advocacy programs in American history."

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