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Levin, McCain raise questions about another D.C. veterans' facility

Sens. Levin, above, and McCain are raising questions about another D.C. veteran facility.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In the wake of the Walter Reed Medical Center scandal, the two leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee raised questions Wednesday about another veteran facility in Washington.

Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and ranking member Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressing concerns about the Armed Forces Retirement Home after Comptroller General David Walker alleged the facility was in disrepair.

"Mr. Walker reports concerns expressed by health care professionals, including an increase in the number of recent deaths, an increase in the proportion of residents admitted directly into the intensive care unit at Walter Reed, indicators of inadequate medical care at the AFRH, and observation of blood, urine, and feces spattered rooms at the home," the two senators wrote. (Read: The senators' letter to Gates [PDF])

Levin and McCain also called for the Department of Defense to launch an independent investigation into the matter.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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