Missouri Sens. demand answers about death of veteran

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Both U.S. senators from Missouri are demanding answers about the death of a veteran after an apparent altercation at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.

The Kansas City Star reports that Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt sent a joint letter to U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie last week. They urged him to release any information that can be made public about the death in May of Dale Farhner of Kingston, Missouri.

The Kansas City VA Medical Center’s spokesman said then that he couldn’t release any information “due to privacy restrictions.”

The Star responded by filing a records request, but the VA records manager said in July that the documents were being withheld because a VA law enforcement review was underway. The Star’s appeal of the denial is pending.

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