White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday that Rob Nabors, the deputy chief of staff helping the review by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, will head to Phoenix on Wednesday night to interview the interim director of the VA office and visit the facility.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has expanded an investigation of a Phoenix hospital where a whistleblower alleges that as many as 40 veterans died amid lengthy waits for appointments.
The VA inspector general's office first received what it termed credible complaints about the Phoenix VA Health Care System from a hotline at the end of 2013, said inspector-general spokeswoman Catherine Gromek, and the office launched a review in January. She declined to identify who made the complaints, and added that the inspector general requires only one credible allegation to begin an investigation.
Veteran fears national VA problems are here in Kentucky
Dan Griffiths is a Vietnam veteran. He believes much of his current ailments stem from exposure to Agent Orange. Throughout the years, he's visited the Lexington VA Medical Center for treatment.
On a national level, veteran's affairs hospital have been under fire after multiple allegations that officials have covered up reports of veterans waiting for months for health care. Those delays may have led to dozens of death.
Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health at the Veterans Affairs Department, resigned on Friday, one day after testifying before a Senate panel.
Petzel, who had been slated to retire later this year, stepped down in the wake of allegations that some VA facilities kept secret wait lists to cover up how long veterans were kept waiting to receive care.
On Thursday VA Secretary Eric Shinseki was grilled by members of Congress about significant and perhaps deadly delays in health care for America’s veterans. Some on Capitol Hill, and some leaders of veterans organizations, have demanded his resignation.
Employees at the embattled Phoenix office of the Department of Veterans Affairs have been making millions in higher-than-average salaries and bonuses, according to federal records reviewed by Fox News.