Source: KCCI

By Kait McKinney

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is requesting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate the VA Central Iowa Heath Care System’s mental health programs.

Ernst sent the request Monday in response to the discovery of deceased veteran Richard Miles in Water Works Park last week.

While police continue to investigate the man’s death, authorities said his death may be related to his diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Police said his body was found frozen in the park and that his body likely was there for a few days.

“It is tragic our nation lost a veteran who may not have received the mental health treatment he deserved,” Ernst said in a letter to the department. “I request your office conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into the VA Central Iowa Health Care System mental health care programs, treatment provided to veteran Richard Miles, and Mr. Miles’ requests for mental health care and the subsequent treatment received.”

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