St. Petersburg, FL-- The state has filed a lawsuit against the VA.

Bay Pines is one of several hospitals at the center of the controversy.

Officials want to know what's going on inside the hospitals and if our veterans are getting the proper care that they deserve.

The VA operates 6 hospitals in Florida. Two of which are in the Bay Area; Bay Pines in St. Petersburg and James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.

The state said that it tried sending its own inspectors to some of those VA hospitals, but they were turned away.

The issue is that VA hospitals are run by the Federal Government not the state.

Governor Rick Scott was on our morning show a week ago and had this to say about the lawsuit being filed.

"They are sitting in our state. We have to stand up for our veterans. We work with the Federal Government in so many ways, they should welcome our help. They should say 'come on in, help us make sure we improve the care.'"

The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of two veterans.

Nancy Hall who lost her husband to tongue cancer in 2005 claims that Haley VA medical center failed to give him the treatment he needed prior to his death.

The other veteran in the lawsuit is Roland Dickerson, he explained that he wasn't getting proper healthcare at Bay Pines and was forced to go outside of the VA for healthcare and is now paying out of pocket for private healthcare.

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