- Associated Press - Thursday, May 15, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas U.S. Sen. John Boozman is asking Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for more information on wait times that Arkansas veterans face to receive medical care at VA facilities.

Boozman is a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee but couldn’t attend Thursday’s hearing because he’s recovering from heart surgery. In a letter, Boozman said a full analysis of the future of VA health care is needed.

Sen. Mark Pryor also said Thursday that the VA disability claims process needs “a complete overhaul.”

Shinseki says he hopes to have a preliminary report soon on how widespread treatment delays and falsified patient scheduling reports are at VA facilities nationwide. The hearing in Washington follows allegations that up to 40 veterans may have died while awaiting treatment at a Phoenix VA center.