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Sen. Blunt: VA Secretary Shinseki's resignation wouldn't help

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

More and more Republicans and Democrats are calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, but Sen. Roy Blunt isn't one of them.

The Missouri Republican said Shinseki's forced resignation would only make the problems worse. He wants to give the secretary greater latitude to fire those who aren't doing their jobs.

Shinseki is under fire for fatal delays in healthcare at VA centers.

Blunt made several stops in Missouri on Thursday including one to meet with mental health experts at Truman Medical Center.

While in Kansas City, he commented on one family's claims that inadequate care from the VA in Kansas City led to a disabled Iraq War veteran's death. Sgt. Issac Sims was shot and killed after Kansas City police say he pointed an AK-47 at officers.

Sims' family says this occurred just two days after he was turned away by the VA and they had hoped he would be admitted for treatment for his psychological issues.

"I'm concerned about this latest incident as we all should be," he said. "It is a tragedy."

The VA must meet the needs of the nation's veterans, Blunt said. He said clearly Sims' case was not dealt with in a way in which the nation should treat an injured soldier.

"Whether they're mental health needs or physical health needs, there's no excuse not to meet that immediate standard and if they don't have the ability to meet that then we should give them the ability to outsource or whatever they need to do," the senator said.

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