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Walker Plans to Relaunch POW/MIA Committee

Walker is inviting all veterans and active duty members to his launch. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., plans on reintroducing the Select Committee on Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Affairs.  

“My point of reference in this is, as a minister for nearly two decades, dealing with loss and grief many times, families were able to move on with their lives once they found peace and closure,” Walker told HOH. “Families are still hurting, we haven’t done all we can do.”  

Ahead of Meeting With Obama, Shinseki Apologizes for VA Scandal, Asks Congress for Help

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Updated 10 a.m. | Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for the scandal rocking his department Friday, but he did not resign ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama this morning.  

"I apologize," to Congress, the public and to the veterans, Shinseki said — calling the findings of systemic shortcomings in VA health care unacceptable.  

Obama Demands Improvements at VA, but Doesn't Fire Shinseki (Video)

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Updated 2:07 p.m. | President Barack Obama is demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki make immediate improvements for veterans, but has decided not to fire him, for now, as a scandal over allegations of manipulated wait time reports spreads to dozens of facilities.  

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," Obama said in a statement in the White House briefing room, followed by a brief news conference.