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A public apology to our nation's heroes. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki has resigned in the growing scandal over care at VA hospitals, 23 veterans died while waiting for care at VA hospitals. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Michael Howard has reaction from vets including one that serves in Washington.

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- They’re the nation's heroes, and for the many veterans who marched in New Paltz for the annual Memorial Day parade Friday, a dark cloud was over their heads. They say some of their comrades were let down.

“It’s never a good time to receive the report we received,” said 19th Congressional Congressman Chris Gibson.

Veteran and Congressman Chris Gibson saddened by the news that the Department of Veterans Affairs released an audit that found a backlog on claims for help for more than a year, where some veterans have died in waiting.

“It’s clear that we have issues in the Veterans Administration and there’s need for major changes,” said Gibson.

A change did come with numerous high-ranking officials in Phoenix fired and Friday Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki stepped down. But for some lawmakers, like Gibson, the resignation is not enough.

"You have local doctors in communities that are very competent and ready to serve and you have a line this long at the VA where you can reduce it by allowing our veterans to go right in our local communities.” said Gibson.

Veterans across the country hope for a change.

“I just hope it gets corrected,” said one veteran.

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