"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," the president said, in reference to the VA's inability to serve veterans in a timely manner, leading to further health problems and untimely death.
"We are going to fix whatever is wrong and so long as I have the privilege of serving as commander in chief, I'm going to keep on fighting to deliver the care and the benefits and the opportunities that you and your families deserve, now and for decades to come."
Despite efforts to fix the issues, the president said that firings are still very likely.
"Once we know the facts, I assure you, if there was misconduct, people will be punished," Obama warned.
"It is important that our veterans don't become another political football," Obama said. "This is an area where Democrats and Republicans should always be working together."