Retired U.S. Army Col. and former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in his speech at the Values Voters Summit Friday for the Defense Department’s denial of death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers who died after the government shutdown.

“What kind of values do we have when the families of our fallen warriors are not granted their death gratuity benefits from this federal government, when you have people making excuses, saying the lawyers misinterpreted something?” West asked. “It’s all about your values. It’s all about leadership, and I will say this right now. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, please resign.”