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Editor’s note: Following Brian Adam Jones’ list of 12 people who could replace Secretary Shinseki, Task & Purpose contributor Jason Mack decided to dive deeper into the candidate pool and offer up some names that might not yet be on the White House's radar.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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On Friday, the Veterans Affairs scandal claimed another political victim. Secretary Eric Shinseki was forced to resign as the political pressure reached a boil. President Barack Obama said he accepted the former four-star general’s resignation “with deep regret.” Many have used this occasion and the various sound bites to dissect the president’s management style and overall competence. Many have dug into the details of the inspector general’s interim report to see just how VA employees and managers manipulated the various bureaucratic systems to falsify the wait times veterans were experiencing in their pursuits of health care. And many have offered statements of condemnation and outrage and recommendations for how to solve the problems that plague the agency.

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Friday’s resignation by Secretary Eric Shinseki marks the first chapter in a potentially long, but vital road to reform for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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The House of Representatives is mulling legislation that would give the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, currently headed by retired Army Gen. Eric Shineski, increased authority to fire senior officials at the VA, and the legislation looks like it has a real chance of getting through.

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