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Veterans optimistic about VA Secretary resignation

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Some veterans in Cedar Falls said they're hopeful the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system will get better with Friday's resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Michael Morgan, an Army veteran, still sees a doctor more than a decade after his service.

"We just go out and do our time, and when we come home we're're really nothing," he said.

Morgan said his son, who served in Afghanistan, has PTSD and had to wait months to see a doctor at the VA hospital.

He said he saw older veterans, some in wheelchairs, being treated poorly by staff.

"At least treat them with respect and meet with them on time," he said.

"You go there for a reason. You go there for a reason because we served our country and we deserve it. But when you go in there, civilians treat you like you're just another person...worse than a person it seems like down there," said Morgan.

Morgan spends a lot of time at Amvets Post 49 with other veterans like Terry Scheffert.

Scheffert helps veterans find jobs through an Amvets career center in Cedar Falls.

Both Scheffert and Morgan are hopeful changes at the VA will have a ripple effect on veterans who need help.

"If I have something wrong it should be treated. It shouldn't have to be postponed. We shouldn't have people dying waiting in line," said Scheffert.
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