WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs requesting an examination of the VA Central Iowa Health Care System’s mental health programs. The inquiry follows recent news coverage of the death of veteran Richard Miles in Des Moines.

In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Senator Ernst detailed that “While the law enforcement investigation into Richard’s death is on-going, it is tragic our nation lost a veteran who may not have received the mental health treatment he deserved.”

Ernst continued, “As a member of the Senate, I have a responsibility to ensure our nation lives up to the promises it has made to its veterans.  Furthermore, as someone who deployed in support of the Iraq War, it is my top priority to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve after selflessly sacrificing for our nation.  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.”

View the entire letter here.

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