Donnelly, Coats Receive VA Response

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats have received a response from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson after their recent letters expressing concern about Indiana VA health care facilities. In his letter, Sloan says it's important to let the independent VA Office of Inspector General to complete its review, that he knows that the senators care deeply about Veterans in the state of Indiana and across the country, and “This situation will be fixed.”

The senators originally sent a letter to then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on May 20 that outlined their concerns about the widespread reports of misconduct at several VA Medical Centers around the country.

The senators sent a letter to Acting Secretary Gibson on June 5, saying, “We are troubled by new feedback and the latest news reports that have highlighted concerns about long wait times at VA facilities in Indiana. We have a responsibility to our Hoosier veterans and all Americans to be transparent about what has gone wrong…It is critical that we receive a complete and timely assessment of Indiana’s VA facilities so that Congress and the VA can take decisive, well-informed action to fix any problems at their source.”

Gibson’s responses are available here on both senators' websites.