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VA blames ‘confusion’ for misstatements about deaths

By Drew Griffin, Scott Bronstein and Nelli Black , CNN

The Department of Veterans Affairs apologized on Thursday for causing “confusion” in communicating about the number of deaths caused by delayed care at its medical facilities, but said “there was no intent to mislead anyone.”

In a statement to CNN, the VA said two separate reviews were “intertwined in written and oral statements leading to confusion. … VA inadvertently caused confusion in its communication on this complex set of reviews that were ongoing at the time. For that, we apologize.”

Earlier this week, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller accused the agency of “what appears to be an attempt to mislead Congress and the public” by manipulating its account of the number of deaths.  To read full article, click here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/07/politics/va-apology/index.html?hpt=hp_t2