Rick Nolan visits with Veterans amid VA scandal

By KBJR News 1

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 8:38 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNow.com) --- U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan visited Duluth Thursday to hear from constituents about issues surrounding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the recent deal to release a U.S. Soldier who had been held captive by the Taliban.

The forum at the Duluth Veteran's Center is among a series of workshops Representative Nolan is doing to get feedback on how the VA can be improved.

Nolan praised the VA in Minnesota, but added the VA has problems nationally.

One of the congressman's ideas to improve veteran services is to allow veterans to take advantage of local health services and facilities.

He said this will save taxpayers money, plus reduce the strain of the long drive veterans often have to make to utilize health care services in the Twin Cities.

Nolan also praised former Secretary Eric Shinseki for his military service, but said it was good that Shinseki left his post.

"He did not get the job done. I'm glad he resigned," Nolan said. "That is what good soldiers do and make room for someone who can go in there with tougher management skills to straighten the Administration out and stop the skullduggery."

The increase of veterans with combat–related injuries from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has recently placed greater demands on the VA.

Nick Minock