Senate to investigate veterans’ deaths at Phoenix VA facility

Bernie SandersThe chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday pledged to convene a hearing on allegations that excessive wait times at a Phoenix VA facility led to the deaths of 40 veterans.

Thousands of veterans have been kept waiting for care, according to a story first reported in the Arizona Republic, and later on CNN, which also said that VA workers in the Phoenix office used two sets of records to keep the long wait times off the official books.

“I am troubled when I hear any veteran may have received substandard care from the VA,” said the committee chairman, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent. “I take these allegations very seriously.”

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By Lisa Mascaro

April 24, 2014, 4:07 p.m.

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