"The Atlanta VA has done a wonderful job of seeing to it that the veteran has the close touch and the close contact with the VA mental health supervisors there in charge of it, and I'm sure when all the facts come out, we'll understand this tragedy was something, hopefully, that could have been prevented, but we'll do a better job of seeing to it that it doesn't happen again."
Asked about his confidence in Wiggins, Isakson added:
"I absolutely have faith in her. Anytime somebody tells you they'll call you if anything comes up -- good or bad -- and they call you when it comes up, even when it's the worst it could be, you know you've got somebody who's good to their word. The veterans of Georgia are lucky to have her at the head of that hospital."
VA Secretary Robert McDonald stayed away from specifics on the Atlanta case when asked about it: