At issue is whether Crenshaw told VA Secretary Robert Wilkie that Andrea Goldstein, a Navy officer and Democratic congressional staffer, had a history of making baseless sexual assault complaints.

The veterans’ groups are also calling for Wilkie and his entire senior staff to resign for allegedly launching a smear campaign against Goldstein, who is also a contributor to Task & Purpose.

“These acts are a direct violation of the values that the Veteran community holds most dear – those of honor, duty, and integrity,” the veterans organizations wrote in a letter on Wednesday to House and Senate lawmakers.

The letter demanding an ethics investigation into Crenshaw is supported by Minority Veterans of America, Not In My Marine Corps, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Protect Our Defenders, Black Veterans Project, High Ground Veteran Advocacy, Modern Military Veterans of America, NYC Veterans Alliance, The Pink Berets, and Vote Vets.