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      Local veterans react to Shinseki resignation

      The majority of veterans at Columbiaâ??s V.A. hospital are satisfied with their health care service and said Shinseki should not have resigned.

      Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned today.

      The announcement came after meeting with President Obama.

      He was driven from office because of reports of veterans having to wait months to receive medical care at V.A. facilities across the country.

      A portrait of Shinseki in the lobby of Columbia??s V.A. hospital is coming down. He resigned amid the scandal created following reports that secret waiting lists to receive medical care in Phoenix likely caused the deaths of at least 40 patients. The majority of veterans at Columbia??s V.A. hospital are satisfied with their health care service and said Shinseki should not have resigned.

      Columbia patient Kerry Parks said, ??I think he was pressured into it. I think he didn??t get enough time to correct the situation that needed to be done.??

      Columbia patient Ron Martinez said, ??I don??t think that they gave him too much of a chance. He should have had a little bit better chance at things.??

      Shinseki??s resignation is affecting the V.A.??s 1,700 facilities across the country. Columbia administrators said they will continue to do their best under new leadership.

      Truman V.A. Hospital spokesman Stephen Gaither said, ??I don??t think there will be a specific impact on the veterans we serve other than our recommitting to the idea that we will take care of veterans as expeditiously and expediently as we can.??

      President Obama accepted Shinseki??s resignation. He appointed Sloan Gibson, the agency??s no. 2 official, as Shinseki??s temporary replacement.

      Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill as well as Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler visited Columbia during the past week as they try to help solve problems throughout the agency.