VA Inspector General releases update on Ketchum investigation

Michael Missal, who took over as inspector general for the VA in April, addresses during a field hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in Tomah, Wis., Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (Steve Rundio/La Crosse Tribune via AP)
Michael Missal, who took over as inspector general for the VA in April, addresses during a field hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in Tomah, Wis., Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (Steve Rundio/La Crosse Tribune via AP)

WASHINGTON D.C. (KWQC) – The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General has released an update on the investigations into the deaths of Brandon Ketchum and Curtis Gearhart.

According to letters sent to Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, the Inspector General anticipates the final report on the investigation to be released in the Spring of 2017.

The investigation stems from two incidents in which the VA allegedly denied treatment to two veterans who then committed suicide. Ketchum was a resident of Bettendorf, Iowa.

Ernst released this statement about the update:

It’s critical that we receive these reports as quickly as possible in order to move swiftly and correct any flaws in the system in hopes of preventing future tragedies. I intend to continue closely monitoring these investigations as we head into the transition into a new administration.

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