Sheheen calls for state investigation of the VA


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen wants South Carolina to have the power to investigate its Veteran Affairs facilities over the ongoing crisis concerning waiting times for appointments.

Sheheen sent a letter to President Obama on Friday asking him to grant South Carolina's inspector general the ability to look into reports that VA officials have manipulated numbers on long waiting times He also endorsed letting veterans use federal-funded vouchers to go elsewhere for treatment within three weeks of an appointment.

Sheheen criticized his opponent, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, for not requesting the authority to review the VA.

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore said South Carolina is well-represented in Washington by Republican congressmen who have been taking action to solve the VA crisis. He dismissed Sheheen's letter as partisan.

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