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Veteran Kills Himself in Parking Lot of V.A. Hospital on Long Island

This article from the New York Times is beyond disturbing. A veteran seeks care for his mental crisis. The care is denied. He goes to the parking lot and shoots himself in his car. Apparently, he was not even referred to the mental health center were a psychologist is always present. As one of the quotes in the article aptly put it: “Someone dropped the ball.” That is an understatement. The VA mission is to serve veterans. Whether we are talking about delays in treatment - and then falsifying the date - or poor care or, as we saw in this instance, the outright denial of care, veterans are not only not being served, they are being put at huge risk. And that risk, here and in other instances, includes death. This is just wrong. Read the Full Article.