- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating allegations that a central Pennsylvania hospital didn’t property follow-up on patients suffering from brain injuries.

The Altoona Mirror (https://bit.ly/28JhnPb ) says the VA Office of Inspector General is investigating the Van Zandt VA Medical Center after a whistleblowing employee reported that 400 patients with combat-related brain injuries didn’t receive reminders to pursue continued care.

That happened from 2007 to 2013 and one of the patients was Nick Horner. He’s an Iraq veteran serving life in prison for killing a clerk and, later, a bystander as he fled from robbing an Altoona sandwich shop in April 2009. Horner has maintained his actions were affected by post-traumatic stress disorder from his Army service.

Van Zandt’s spokeswoman, Andrea Young, says she can’t comment on the allegations during the investigation.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, https://www.altoonamirror.com

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