VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care uproar

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is seated before

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is seated before speaking at a meeting of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Washington. President Barack Obama says he plans to have a "serious conversation" with Shinseki about whether he can stay in his job. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON - (AP) Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.
    
President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.
    
Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties.
    
Shinseki's resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. The system provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.
    
Shinseki is a retired four-star Army general who has overseen the VA since the start of Obama's presidency.

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