Democrat congressman Dave Loebsack has sent a letter to the Iowa City VA seeking answers as to why a Quad Cities veteran Brandon Ketchum, who was suffering from PTSD was turned away from the clinic. Ketchum committed suicide hours later earlier this month.
“I want answers to my questions, the family wants answers”, said Rep. Loebsack in a phone interview with WQAD Wednesday,
The lawmaker sent a letter postmarked July 12th to Iowa City VA Hospital director Judith Johnson-Mekota, saying he is “disturbed to receive reports that the veteran had been turned away after he reached out to a psychiatrist”, and asked for clarification of the VA’s policies for processing requests to its mental health department.
Congressman Loebsack told WQAD he is not asking for any formal investigation at this time, but is waiting for a response from the VA in Iowa City.
“As a Marine parent, I take this very, very seriously. I think any member of Congress should, and if it’s going to take more resources to make sure this doesn’t happen again, we’ve got to do that. But, we’ve got to find out what happened in this specific case, first and foremost”, he said.