- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal officials have initiated investigation into mental health services available for returning soldiers in central Iowa after a veteran was found dead last month in a Des Moines park.

The office for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s office has agreed to review the programs provided at the VA Central Iowa Health Systems. Ernst issued a request on Feb. 23 following the death of 41-year-old Richard Miles, whose body was found frozen at Water Works Park a few days earlier.

Ernst says the review aims to examine treatment provided to Miles to determine any systematic problems and ensure quality access to mental health care for veterans.

The VA inspector general’s office says the investigation should take about one month to complete.

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