VA faces intense scrutiny on this Memorial Day

Washington -- President Obama will mark Memorial Day today in Washington, after a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday to thank U.S. troops.

As the nation remembers those who died while serving our country, lawmakers from both parties remain fixated on the VA medical care scandal. Many want the Justice Department to step in.

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"Only the Department of Justice and the FBI have the resources, the expertise and the authority to do a prompt and effective criminal investigation of the secret waiting lists, potential destruction of documents, falsification of records, in effect, the cooking of books and covering up that may have occurred," Says Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut).

About 26 VA medical facilities are being investigated, including one in Phoenix where up to 40 vets possibly died waiting for care.

Over the weekend, the Obama Administration moved to allow more veterans to get medical care outside VA facilities, at private hospitals and clinics. But that's not quieting calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

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"It is really time for a shake-up," says Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois). "I haven't even seen the level of outrage out of him that I think we ought to be hearing, to know that there were fake waiting lists created to pad numbers."

The Senate is working on legislation to make it easier for Shinseki to fire or demote executives at the VA, after a similar bill passed the House last week.

Shinseki has pledged to stay on the job and says the VA is working on ways to ensure veterans get care sooner.


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