published Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Senators press for answers on Atlanta VA issues

ATLANTA — Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss have sent letters to the secretary of Veterans Affairs looking for answers to a report outlining questionable management at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

A spokeswoman for Isakson said Thursday that North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr joined the Georgia Republicans in their inquiry. In the letter, the senators asked the VA to investigate impatient and contracted outpatient mental health care issues at Atlanta’s VA center.

A federal audit in April claimed a patient in need of mental health care committed suicide and two others who needed care died of drug overdoses.

Isakson is a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and Chambliss is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Burr is the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

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