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.
A former Army captain, Robert McDonald would bring a blend of corporate and military experience to a bureaucracy reeling from revelations of chronic, system-wide failure and veterans dying while on long waiting lists for treatment.
A report found the VA's Eastern Area Fiduciary Hub in Indianapolis was "not timely processing allegations of misuse of beneficiary funds, conducting field examinations, and processing some incoming mail."
The Indianapolis-based American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service group, called Monday for the resignations of U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his top aides amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths.