2014-05-15T025943Z_1_CBREA4E08BW00_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

Obama assigns deputy chief of staff to Veterans Affairs review

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about transportation infrastructure during a visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge in TarrytownPresident Barack Obama is dispatching his deputy chief of staff, Rob Nabors, to help oversee a review of the Department of Veterans Affairs as anger grows over evidence that veterans died while waiting for care. Obama, through his spokesman, has voiced his confidence in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki repeatedly, but the retired four star general has faced calls for his resignation following reports that up to 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments or specialist care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. “While we get to the bottom of what happened in Phoenix, it’s clear the VA needs to do more to ensure quality care for our veterans,” Obama said Wednesday in a statement. “I’m grateful that Rob, one of my most trusted advisers, has agreed to work with Secretary Shinseki to help the team at this important moment.” The move demonstrated White House concern that the issue is taking on growing political weight.

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