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Indiana Senators Request Meeting With VA Leadership

Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly are asking the acting head of the Veterans Affairs Department for information about Indianapolis' VA hospital.

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The Roudebush Va Medical Center is one of several VA facilities that is being investigated for long wait times.

Indiana’s U.S. Senators want a face-to-face meeting with the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs after they say a previous request for information was never answered.

Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats sent a letter last month to then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki asking for immediate verification as to whether Indiana VA facilities were using the same schedule and wait list manipulation reported at other facilities around the country.

Shinseki has since resigned in response to the on-going scandal.

Donnelly and Coats says they still haven’t received a response from the Department, and now they want an in-person meeting with VA leadership.

In a letter to acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson, Indiana’s senators say they’re troubled by new feedback and news reports.

A recent USA Today study ranks the Roudebush VA Hospital in Indianapolis as 13th worst in the nation for wait times.

Donnelly and Coats say they have a responsibility to Hoosier veterans to be transparent about the problems facing the federal agency.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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