CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres thanked local Veterans Affairs executive officer Stanley Iakopo for his service to the country and Commonwealth after receiving his letter of resignation. It's unclear when Iakopo submitted his letter and why he resigned. KUAM has reached out to him for comment.

In a media release Monday afternoon, Torres said, “We have advocated for equality and inclusion where there were gaps, and we've worked to build foundations upon which our Veterans may prosper as civilians.” He added, “Aside from benefits that Veterans have earned, it has been a duty of the Torres Administration to provide adequate healthcare services. I have taken this responsibility seriously."