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Family of SC veteran hopes real reforms will come after VA chief resignation

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Veterans in South Carolina have mixed emotions after they heard the news about the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday.

For Susan Raines, she said this is the first bit of good news about the VA she's heard in months.

Raines has been taking care of her father, a Vietnam veteran with brain cancer and said Shinseki's resignation is the first indicator change could be coming to the VA.

When President Obama announced Shinseki's resignation, Raines said she felt an emotion that she's missed since January.

"Relief. Relief," Raines said. "I thought maybe the ball has started rolling now. They can start getting things heading in the right direction."

Raines' father was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer at the beginning of the year.

Raines said her father went through the VA for a referral, but said it's been a nightmare.

"My sister and I went rounds, upon rounds, upon rounds with the VA... It's very sad that we're having to fight as hard as we have," Raines said.

Most of the national attention into claims of wrongdoing by the VA has focused on Phoenix in recent weeks but in the Midlands', the Dorn VA Medical Center has been cited in previous reports for delays in its gastroenterology treatment.

Veterans and their families have told WIS delays in treatment from the medical center made their situation worse.

"They have let so much slide by," Raines said.

But Shinseki's resignation isn't enough Raines said.

She said she is still worried about what's to come.

"At the same time you have your doubts," she said.

With 42 hospitals still under investigation, there's still a lot of unanswered questions from the VA Administration.

At this point, we don't know if Dorn is one of the 42 hospitals under investigation by the office of the Inspector General.

The hospitals aren't being named in an effort to make sure no records are tampered with before investigators can get to them.

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