The House Veterans Affairs Committee voted Thursday to subpoena Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in the wake of accusations that his department had deadly delays in health care at some of its hospitals.
On "New Day" Wednesday, Daniel Dellinger, the national commander of the American Legion, spoke out to condemn the alleged actions and cover-ups.
"One death is tragic," Dellinger said. "Preventable deaths are just unforgivable. The battlefield is one thing. But when they come home seeking medical care that they have earned, then there's a real problem."
CNN has been investigating this story since last fall uncovering the following shocking allegations:
#1) More than 40 veterans died while waiting to be seen at VA hospitals across the country, including in Arizona, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas:
#2) An elaborate cover-up scheme at a VA hospital in Phoenix put more than 1,400 veterans on a secret waiting list:
#3) The VA says it somehow cleared 1.5 million backlogged records for patients seeking consults:
Shinseki told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that he would not resign, saying "I serve at the pleasure of the president, I signed on to make some changes. I have work to do."
Dellinger believes Shinseki should step down.
"At this point, if this was the military, you would be relieved of duty," he said. "If you were in a private sector you would be fired. We need the VA to be the best it can be for our veterans."