Gov. Neil Abercrombie released a statement Friday afternoon on the resignation of Kauai-born U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.
"It comes as no surprise to those of us in Hawaii who know General Eric Shinseki that he would assume responsibility for the reprehensible conduct of those in the VA, whose misconduct has led to unacceptable delays in serving the veterans for whom he has been and is a champion," said Abercrombie.
The governor said Shinseki was twice wounded and his chief ambition was the welfare of veterans and their families.
"A man of General Shinseki's integrity could not allow focus on him to obscure taking the necessary steps to addressing the pressing issues involved," said Abercrombie. "It is a measure of his values, Hawaii's values and his lifelong commitment to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces that he wants his resignation to lead to a systematic review of, and the taking of action on, the challenges facing the VA in terms of personnel and program support."
Gov. Abercrombie ended his statement by saying, "Eric Shinseki was and is a true son of Hawaii."
President Barack Obama announced the resignation of his only Veterans Affairs secretary Friday over a growing scandal involving sometimes deadly waits for care at VA hospitals.