Congressman requests investigation in Kansas City Iraq War veteran's death

Kevin Yoder sends letter to Dept. of VA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The death of a Kansas City Iraq War army veteran over Memorial Day weekend could trigger an investigation on the request of a Kansas congressman.

On Friday, Congressman Kevin Yoder (KS-03) sent a letter requesting the Issac Sims’ death be looked by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Issac Sims suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder when he was shot and killed in a standoff by Kansas City police on Sunday.

The Kansas City VA hospital told Sims he would have to wait 30 days to be admitted for treatment two days before he was killed.

“In light of national allegation of excessive wait times and fraudulent bookkeeping at VA hospitals throughout the country, I believe this case warrants additional scrutiny and investigation,” Congressman Yoder wrote to Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin at the Office of the Inspector General of The Department of Veterans Affairs.

On Monday, Congressman Yoder visited the Kansas City VA hospital to see first-hand how veterans were being treated.

"Part of the challenges that this local VA faces is something that we see at VA across the country we have a big bureaucracy, we're tied up in paperwork, we're tied up in procurement processes that ensure that we're not necessarily not having the most effective and efficient ways to handle services,” Yoder said during his visit.

The family told 41 Action News Friday evening that they are grateful that the congressman is requesting an investigation.

“The sad events surrounding Issac Sims’s death leave many questions unanswered about what type of care is adequate for our veterans retuning home, especially those with PTSD. It is my hope that you will investigate this tragic case to uncover any information about the care received by Mr. Sims ,” Congressman Yoder said in the letter.  “We cannot undo what has occurred in this case, but we can seek to prevent future tragic incidents like this and provide the best detailed information possible for his surviving family.”

Sims’ cremation is set for early next week. His ashes will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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