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Main article: "Veterans Health Administration scandal of 2014

In May 2014, Shinseki was embroiled in a scandal involving the "Veterans Health Administration, which is a component of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Questions involving substandard timely care and false records covering up related timelines had come to light, involving treatment of veterans in a number of VA hospitals.[25][26] On May 30, 2014, President Obama announced that he had accepted Shinseki's resignation as Secretary.[27][28] Shinseki said he couldn't explain the lack of integrity among some leaders in VA healthcare facilities. "That breach of integrity is irresponsible, it is indefensible, and unacceptable to me." He said he could not defend what happened because it was indefensible, but he could take responsibility for it and he would.[29] Following Shinseki's resignation, it became the first time since 2000, that an Asian American has not been on the "Cabinet of the United States.[30]

In an interview with retired General "Peter W. Chiarelli, journalist "Robert Siegel described the situation as "a case of a very, very good man who's run up against some pretty terrible problems in his job," to which Chiarelli responded, "I don't look up to any man more than I look up to Eric Shinseki."[31]

Awards, decorations, and badges[edit]

Shinseki was awarded the following medals, ribbons, badges, and tabs:[32][33]

""Bronze oak leaf cluster
"Defense Distinguished Service Medal[34] (with one oak leaf cluster)[35]
"" "Army Distinguished Service Medal[34]
"" "Navy Distinguished Service Medal[36]
"" "Air Force Distinguished Service Medal[36]
"" "Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal[36]
""Bronze oak leaf cluster
"Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)[34]
""Bronze oak leaf cluster
""Bronze oak leaf cluster
"Bronze Star (with ""V" Device and two Oak Leaf Clusters)[34]
""Bronze oak leaf cluster
"Purple Heart (with Oak Leaf Cluster)[34]
"" "Defense Meritorious Service Medal[34]
""Bronze oak leaf cluster
""Bronze oak leaf cluster
"Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters)[34]
"" "Air Medal[34]
""Bronze oak leaf cluster
"Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)[37]
"" "Army Achievement Medal[37]
""Bronze star
""Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
"National Defense Service Medal with "Service star
""Bronze star
""Bronze star
""Bronze star
""Bronze star
"Vietnam Service Medal with four "Service stars
"" "Armed Forces Service Medal
"" "Army Service Ribbon
"" "Army Overseas Service Ribbon
"" "NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
"" "Vietnam Campaign Medal
""US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif "Parachutist Badge
""Ranger Tab.svg "Ranger Tab
""Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png "Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
""Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg "Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
""United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png "Army Staff Identification Badge
""ArmyOSB.jpg "Four Overseas Service Bars


Shinseki is married to his "high school sweetheart, Patricia; they are the parents of two children, Lori and Ken.[7] He also has seven grandchildren.[38]


  1. ^ "Award citations, Eric Ken Shinseki". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Biography, General Eric K. Shinseki". Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. Army Historical Foundation. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Jaffe, Greg; O'Keefe, Ed (30 May 2014). "Obama accepts resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Eric Shinseki (May 12, 2009). "Remarks by Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, 2009 Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Nursing". U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 
  5. ^ "Overseas Contigency Operations Profiles". Asia Pacific Americans in the United States Army. United States Army. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Obata, Hiroshi. 両祖父母は広島出身 ("Shinseki: both grandparents are from Hiroshima"). Hiroshima Peace Media (Japan). January 30, 2009
  7. ^ a b c Sauer, Bobbie Kyle (18 December 2008). "10 Things You Didn't Know About Gen. Eric Shinseki". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Eric K. Shinseki". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Fahrig, Jody T. (June 23, 1999). "Army welcomes Shinseki as new chief". Army News Service. Archived from the original on March 12, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2006. 
  10. ^ Shinseki, Eric K (June 10, 2003). "End of Tour Memorandum" (PDF). The Washington Post Company. Retrieved December 7, 2008. 
  11. ^ Thom Shanker (January 14, 2009). "A Second Act for General Shinseki". "New York Times. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Gregg K. Kakesako (March 31, 2004). "An Inspiration for a Generation". "Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ Thom Shanker (October 29, 2002). "Army Takes on Critics of an Armored Vehicle". New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Objective Force is Needed for Relevancy". AUSA News. Association of the United States Army. April 1, 2001. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Beret battle: Army approves color change". Amarillo Globe=News. March 16, 2001. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ Schmitt, Eric (February 28, 2003). "Pentagon Contradicts General on Iraq Occupation Force's Size". The New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ Shanker, Thom "New Strategy Vindicates Ex-Army Chief Shinseki", New York Times, January 12, 2007.
  18. ^ CNN Political Unit. CNN Political Unit debate fact check. " October 9, 2004.
  19. ^ a b Ricks, Thomas E.; Ann Scott Tyson (November 16, 2006). "Abizaid Says Withdrawal Would Mean More Unrest". "Washington Post. p. A22. Retrieved December 13, 2006. General [Eric] Shinseki was right that a greater international force contribution, U.S. force contribution and Iraqi force contribution should have been available immediately after major combat operations. 
  20. ^ Rucker, Philip; Thomas E. Ricks (December 6, 2008). "Shinseki Slated to Head VA, Obama Confirms". Washington Post. Retrieved December 7, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Shinseki biography". Forbes. Retrieved December 7, 2008. 
  22. ^ "The Purpose Prize: Shinseki". Retrieved December 7, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Obama: No one 'more qualified' than Shinseki to head VA". CNN. December 7, 2008. Retrieved December 7, 2008. 
  24. ^ Abrams, Jim (January 20, 2009). "Senate confirms 6 cabinet secretaries". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  25. ^ Shinseki 'mad as hell' about VA allegations, but won't resign
  26. ^ "VA's top health official resigns amid scandal over delays in vets' care | Military Times". 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  27. ^ "Embattled VA chief Shinseki resigns". USA Today. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  28. ^ "Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns". CNN. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  29. ^ "US president accepts with 'regret' Veterans Affairs chief's resignation". Chicago Chronicle. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  30. ^ Mak, Tim (1 June 2014). "There Are No Asian-Americans In The Cabinet For The First Time Since 2000". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  31. ^ Siegel, Robert (2014-05-30). "Retired Army Gen. On Shinseki: 'I Don't Look Up To Any Man More'". NPR. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  32. ^ "Eric K. Shinseki". Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Overseas Contingency Operations". Asian Pacific Americans in the United States Army. United States Army. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
    "Chief of Staff of the Army Official Portrait". Army Leadership. United States ARmy. June 24, 2001. Archived from the original on April 29, 2003. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
    "S.RES.190 – Commending General Eric Shinseki of the United States Army for his outstanding service and commitment to excellence. (Agreed to Senate – ATS)". Library of Congress. Whereas General Shinseki has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star Medal with `V' Device (with 2 oak leaf clusters), Purple Heart (with oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge; 
  34. ^ a b c d e f g h Eric K. Shinseki: Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs Biography,, U.S. Government, by Robert Longley, last accessed 13 July 2013
  35. ^ "Eric Ken Shinseki". Hall of Valor. Gannett. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
    Tran, Can (7 December 2008). "Obama Picks Army Gen. Shinseki To Head VA". Digital Journal. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  36. ^ a b c "President-Elect Barack Obama Announces General Eric Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs". The American Presidency Project. UCSB. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  37. ^ a b General Eric K. Shinseki, Retired Chief of Staff, United States Army, Asian American Network, last accessed 13 July 2014
  38. ^ Shane III, Leo (19 June 2013). "Shinseki's style: Determined, quiet". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 


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