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Md. congressional leadership demands answers from VA

Md. congressional leadership demands answers from VA

Calling the failures at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Baltimore "inexcusable," Maryland's congressional leadership on Monday demanded the beleaguered agency develop an immediate plan to fix the local problems in processing disability claims.

Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin sent a strongly worded letter to VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki that also calls for assigning a senior official to ensure progress is made. The letter comes a day after a Baltimore Sun article revealed that the agency's Baltimore-based office, which serves 450,000 Maryland veterans, is the worst performing in the country.

"Your agency has acknowledged that the problems...