DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Office of Veterans Affairs hosted a town hall meeting Monday and the talk turned to the recent death of Army veteran Richard Miles, but the VA refused to talk about his care.
“It seemed to me that he was requesting help and he was turned away and turned up dead which is a situation that we see too frequently nationwide let alone here in Des Moines, and it hit close to home with it happening right here,” says veteran Pete Myers.
Miles was found dead in Water Works Park last month.
His family and friends say he suffered from PTSD, They say he wanted a long-term mental health evaluation at the VA, but instead, he was sent home with a prescription.
Myers says that’s a common story among those who have served, “They go to war and they come home and this is how our country is treating them and that`s what happened to Richard, and it`s going to happen again in a few weeks unless we do something about it.”
Senator Joni Ernst has requested those records, along with an examination of Iowa’s VA mental health programs.