Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Senators Want VA Official Out For Suicide Cover Up

From CBS in L.A.

In the wake of a CBS News report that revealed the Department of Veterans Affairs deliberately withheld critical information about the true suicide risk among veterans, Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, today both called for the resignation of Dr. Ira Katz, the VA's top official for mental health.

Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, says "Dr. Katz's irresponsible actions have been a disservice to our veterans and it is time for him to go." She continues, "The number one priority of the VA should be caring for our veterans, not covering up the truth."

"Covering up the truth", of course, is the hallmark policy of this administration, particularly in any war-related costs that do not go directly to the war profiteers.

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