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Task & Purpose’s reporter Adam Linehan recently published an article that really caught my eye. I’ve been following Task & Purpose for a long time and I truly respect their legitimacy. That being said, my jaw hit the fucking floor when I read this headline…
Vet Kills Himself In VA Parking Lot After Allegedly Being Denied Care
I thought to myself, “you’ve got to be kidding me with this bullshit”. At what point are we as Americans going to get our shit together and starting taking care of the men and women who ensured we have the freedoms we have today?
Here’s the article from Task and Purpose… see for yourself.
A hospital worker told The New York Times that “someone dropped the ball.”
A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Aug. 21 outside the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, local police officials said.
Peter A. Kaisen was pronounced dead after he shot himself in the hospital’s parking lot.
The VA has been under scrutiny since 2014, when the department confirmed that as many as 40 patients had died awaiting treatment at one of its facilities in Phoenix.
An anonymous hospital worker told The New York Times that Kaisen was angry after being denied care in the hospital’s emergency room for issues related to his mental health.
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“Someone dropped the ball,” the worker said. “They should not have turned him away.”
A spokesman for the hospital told the Times that there “was no indication that [Kaisen] presented to the E.R. prior to the incident.”
However, the worker seemed to draw a direct link between Kaisen’s alleged hospital visit and his suicide, saying, “He went to the E.R. and was denied service. And then he went to his car and shot himself.”
According to Times, the Northport hospital had closed all five of its operating rooms after black particles “began falling from air ducts,” and has since been “under scrutiny for mismanagement and poor care.”