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More accountability being sought in death of veteran

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Jan 23, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A veteran in the state's care dies after being left outside in the blistering summer sun. Now, demands for more accountability from the place where it happened.

Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears first reported on problems at the Nevada State Veterans Home in January.

On Thursday, Representative Dina Titus said she is seeking additional investigations.

"When you hear their story, it's just something that you cannot allow to stand unquestioned," said Titus.

The story of how Craig Robinson's grandfather died is horrific.

"I would like that those that were responsible to be held accountable," said Craig.

World War II veteran, and former Nevada lawmaker, Bob Robinson passed away in July less than three weeks after he suffered second-degree burns and excessive heat exposure at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City.

"The skin was just coming off in sheets."

Now, Rep. Titus wants to know who's responsible, "Because our veterans deserve the best care possible and this is just not what they seem to be getting."

Titus sent a letter to Governor Brian Sandoval.

"I'm asking for an independent investigation. I'm doing it at the federal level from the V.A. and also asking the governor to do it. Because if you let people just investigate themselves, I don't think the results have much credibility."

Action News asked Governor Sandoval what he planned to do. He hadn't read Titus's letter but said, "I know this is an isolated incident where there was a terrible mistake was made. The individual that was responsible for that mistake has been disciplined. I'm very proud of the veteran's home. It provides quality care in Boulder City."

But Titus' letter points out that. "Dr. Robinson's case is unfortunately not unique. In 2013, the Veterans Home received nine citations related to the treatment of patients."

Action News also spoke with the Robinson family. They are grateful Rep. Titus is helping them.

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.