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VFW Torches Burr in Spat Over VA Scandal, Shinseki (Updated)

The Veterans of Foreign Wars ripped Sen. Richard Burr, shown here before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on "The State of VA Health Care" May 15. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:41 p.m. May 25 | The Veterans of Foreign Wars leadership blistered Sen. Richard Burr after the North Carolina Republican penned an open letter late Friday impugning the staff of veterans groups for not calling for new leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

In his letter, Burr, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee praised the American Legion, which has called for Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, and suggested that the leadership staff of other veterans' groups — without naming them — care more about access to Shinseki than they do about veterans.