Embattled VA head to address homeless group

May 30, 2014 - 6:04 AM
Veterans Health Care

FILE - This May 15, 2014 file photo shows Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Veterans at the Phoenix veterans hospital waited on average 115 days for their first medical appointment _ 91 days longer than the hospital reported, the Veterans Affairs Department’s inspector general said Wednesday. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., immediately called for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. Miller also said Attorney General Eric Holder should launch a criminal investigation into the VA. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The embattled Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki (shin-SEHK'-ee) is to address a homeless veterans group on Friday.

Shinseki faces calls to resign from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress because of an escalating scandal about problems in the VA's nationwide health care system.

The White House says President Barack Obama is waiting for a full investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs before deciding who to hold responsible.

Support for Shinseki, himself a wounded veteran, is eroding.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel backed off his previously strong support of Shinseki, telling reporters traveling with him in Asia that he will leave it to others to decide if Shinseki has to go.

Shinseki is scheduled to address the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and provide an update on combating veterans homelessness.