After being refused service at a Veterans Hospital in New York, a 76-year-old veteran was so despondent he shockingly committed suicide in the facility’s parking lot, police report.
Peter A. Kaisen, of Islip, New York, shot himself outside the nursing home section of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
No official word on what happened or what drove the aged veteran to such an extreme reaction has been released, but an inside source said the man ended his life because he was turned away from the hospital’s emergency room.
He had apparently gone there for a mental issue but was left untreated.
“He went to the E.R. and was denied service,” the inside source said. “And then he went to his car and shot himself.
“Someone dropped the ball,” the source said ruefully. “They should not have turned him away.”
Despite what the source told the paper, though, the hospital insists there is no proof that the veteran was turned away.
A hospital spokesman told the media there “was no indication that he presented to the E.R. prior to the incident.”
Spokesman Christopher Goodman also claimed the hospital and its employees “feel this loss deeply” and extended their “thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by this tragedy.”
The FBI, meanwhile, announced it was looking into the death because it occurred on federal property.
This isn’t the first time a veteran has killed himself after the VA failed to help. A few months ago, a veteran from Illinois committed suicide after the VA’s suicide hotline ignored his phone call for help.
Despite proclamations by politicians, America’s military veterans dependent on VA care continue to experience abysmal conditions. Proving the case, earlier this year one Army vet made a video of his attempt to make an appointment at a VA hospital. The exercise was so maddening the video went viral.
Massachusetts Army veteran Dennis Magnasco’s attempt to simply make an appointment at a VA hospital proved insurmountable. The video he made has been seen more than 1 million times.
Meanwhile, a VA official in Illinois is now expressing regret that her actions likely led to the deaths of veterans. Union head Germaine Clarno admitted that she was too busy playing politics and allowed her partisan hate for Republicans to get in the way of saving lives. She admitted she knew about gross misconduct within her department at a Veterans Affairs facility but didn’t tell congressional leaders because they were Republicans.
Finally, the U.S. Senate also acted against the interests of our vets when it created a new visa program for foreigners and funded it by stealing away money from veterans.
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