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Eric Shinseki is appearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today. He's answering questions about veterans who allegedly died while waiting for care.

The most prominent care delay case has been in Phoenix, where a former VA doctor said wait times of up to 21 months for appointments were covered up. Dr. Sam Foote said at least 40 veterans died last year while waiting for care.

The story won't end today, though, because the House Committee on Veteran Affairs voted unanimously last week to subpoena the VA secretary for emails and other documents related to the Phoenix allegations. That subpoena doesn't require Shinseki to testify.

NPR veterans correspondent Quil Lawrence joins Here & Now's Sacha Pfeiffer to discuss Shinseki's appearance before the committee.


This segment aired on May 15, 2014.