In the wake of the resignation of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, Hawaii lawmakers on Capitol Hill are speaking out about the man making the tough decisions. They say the problems span far beyond the boundaries of his leadership.
"I was not that surprised because I always felt that the general would make a decision based on what he felt was in the best interest of veterans," said Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
Only hours after his resignation, the outpouring of support from Hawaii's leaders flowed in. Despite their belief his work has been good work, each one commends Shinseki for the courage to step aside.
"The resignation of Shinseki is not going to solve the problems and challenges of the VA, but since he has resigned, I respect his decision because I know it was made with the best interest of the VA at heart," said Sen. Mazie Hirono.
"We in Congress have got to be ready to look at this and make it right because it is not right the way it is now," said Hanabusa.
Since the start of Obama's presidency, Shinseki took on the burden of the president's promise to end veterans homelessness by 2016 and to fix the system some call "hopelessly broken."
"He took on a difficult task in the leading of the VA -- a VA that was riddled with very systemic challenges that pre-date, not only his tenure, but have existed now for decades," said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Gabbard is a fellow veteran. Shinseki is a retired 4-Star General, former Army Chief of Staff and a former soldier whose right foot was nearly blown off by a land mine in Vietnam. The Kauai boy who would take his commitment to the highest levels.
"From such a young age in his life, that commitment has not wavered when we look at the challenges and the crisis and the tragedies that have been coming to light that have been occurring in the VA," said Gabbard.
"I know this isn't something where people can say he didn't care, because that's absolutely not true. I don't think you'll find someone who probably cared as much as he does," said Hanabusa. "This whole situation is probably tearing his heart out."
Sen. Hirono says the Armed Services Committee will meet next week to discuss possible legislation to address some of the problems at the VA.