The Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on Wednesday urged quick federal action to probe "very troubling" allegations at the Cincinnati VA hospital, which serves more than 43,000 veterans from southwest Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Members of the groups vented their frustrations with the state's services for the nearly 476,000 veterans in Indiana and what they perceive as the Legislature's complacency during a news conference Friday.
During a visit to the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Robert McDonald said Thursday he thinks Congress will act to avoid shutting down some VA hospitals and other cost-cutting steps.