The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans’ group, has called for Shinseki’s resignation.
Mathews said the VA needs to do more to hold doctors and hospital administrators accountable.
“There are good people who want to do the right thing,” at the VA, he said, but they’re not the ones in charge, at least at the hospital in St. Louis, where he works.
He still comes to work every day at the VA, but he’s been demoted -– literally assigned to an office in the basement –- where he performs compensation and pension exams.
“They are punishing me,” he said, but it is the veterans who suffer, “and it is the tragic life experiences I heard as a psychiatrist that has motivated me to continue to fight.”
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