The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday pledged to convene a hearing on allegations that excessive wait times at a Phoenix
Thousands of veterans have been kept waiting for care, according to a story first reported in the Arizona Republic, and later on CNN, which also said that VA workers in the Phoenix office used two sets of records to keep the long wait times off the official books.
"I am troubled when I hear any veteran may have received substandard care from the VA," said the committee chairman, Sen.
The VA's inspector general in Washington has sent a team to investigate, the senator said, adding that he would hold his hearing after the work is complete.
On Wednesday, Sen.
"I cannot express how troubling these allegations are to me as a veteran," McCain said.
The Arizona Republic's initial report, published in mid-April, was based on information released during a hearing in Washington, when the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep.
The story has drawn strong reaction on Capitol Hill from lawmakers.