By Larry Shaughnessy
CNN Pentagon Producer
A veterans’ group says it has accumulated 29,000 signatures demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki be fired over persistent delays in processing disability claims.
Concerned Veterans of America sent a petition to President Barack Obama this week maintaining that Veterans Affairs disability claims have increased nearly 2,000 % since he took office in 2009.
Shinseki has been the only veterans affairs secretary under Obama.
In response, the Veterans Affairs Department acknowledged that “too many” veterans have to wait too long for benefits.
“That’s unacceptable, and we are implementing a robust plan to fix the problem,” a statement said.