VA shakeup creates uncertainty for veterans

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The president's shakeup of the Department of Veterans Affairs this week has raised concerns about future care for vets.

In Torrington, dozens of veterans turned out for the local National Vietnam War Veterans' Day ceremony.

They say that in many cases, the country has forgotten about them, but they have high praise for the care they receive at the Connecticut VA medical facilities.

They say they don't want to get involved in the politics of President Donald Trump's shakeup, but they do hope they get the same care going forward.

The future is uncertain. In an op-ed Thursday, outgoing VA Secretary David Shulkin wrote that he's worried Trump will have the VA privatized. He also accused political foes of forcing him out and preventing him from doing his best to help veterans.

Some veterans tell News 12 Connecticut that worries them. Sen. Richard Blumenthal also has concerns. He says Trump's nominee to replace Shulkin —  White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson — doesn't have enough experience.

"He has no experience running a hospital, let alone a 360,000-person bureaucracy," Blumenthal says.

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