The Colorado hospital will have fewer primary care teams and no PTSD facility. A powerful congressman says he may have been deliberately misled by the VA
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Matthew Riehl's six-year descent from a budding attorney to a gunman who live-streamed some of his final violent hours had struggled with episodes of mental illness.
The VA document says Riehl was hospitalized at the veterans medical center in Sheridan, Wyoming, in April 2014 after a psychotic episode.
It would allow vets with “other-than-honorable” discharges to receive mental health treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Investigators with the VA Office of Inspector General confirmed a whistleblower's claim that staff didn't use the department's official wait list system.
Eight patient care areas of the hospital showed cleanliness problems including dirty floors and kitchens.
"I'm just astounded, quite frankly, I'm absolutely astounded," Glenn Haggstrom told The Associated Press in a rare interview.
Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican, and Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat have introduced separate measures to help troops pushed out of the military without health benefits.
Bennet asks David Shulkin to address mental health care coverage for former military members who received other-than-honorable discharges.