VA looking for new health undersecretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs secretary will convene a commission to recommend a new director for the health care system that treats more than 6 million veterans.

Dr. Robert Petzel has served as VA undersecretary of health for the past four years. The VA said Friday that Petzel is retiring as planned in 2014.

The commission’s work comes amid heightened scrutiny of the VA’s health care. A congressional hearing last week highlighted problems at hospitals in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Buffalo.

Lawmakers are also demanding the VA provide treatment records regarding Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.

No lawmaker has expressed concerns that Alexis received inadequate care, but they are aggressively investigating his interactions with the VA. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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