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Kansas Senator Jerry Moran demands answers in Veterans Affairs sex abuse cases

More veterans filing claims, coming forward
Posted: 9:28 PM, Sep 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-07 10:25:28-04

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran is another lawmaker demanding answers from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

His letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald comes after countless veterans have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse inside the Eastern Kansas VA Hospital.

The retired Army veteran 41 Action News spoke with is one of those men. He served the country for 20 years and returned home to fight one of his biggest battles.

"I don't sleep as much, you know,” he said. “I got caught up in alcohol, I lost my family because of it. I don't know, it hurts.”

He doesn’t want his name out there, but said he began seeing former physician assistant Mark Wisner for treatment when he retired in 2013.

In 2015, Wisner willingly surrendered his medical license to the state after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused his patients. Wisner is facing multiple criminal charges in Leavenworth County and several federal civil lawsuits.

In July, 41 Action News uncovered Wisner had a criminal record when the VA hired him.

"Every time I was seen by him he did weird things, or odd things,” the veteran said. “I thought I was supposed to feel safe with him because he was a fellow veteran.”

The alleged abuse has caused his PTSD to worsen. He has nightmares about Wisner.

“A lot of nights I am waking up thinking he was chasing me in a hospital and I can't get away,” he said. “I can’t run fast enough.”

With the help of attorney Dan Brown, this veteran filed a claim against the VA.

He also attended one of Sen. Moran’s town hall meetings and asked him to take action. Not just for him, but for the dozens of other veterans who saw Wisner and said they experienced abuse.

Wisner is expected back in a Leavenworth County courtroom on Sept. 15.

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