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Failure of the VA

 

Last updated 8/26/2020 at 2:47pm



With all the fanfare about the suicide prevention programs created to help veterans who are suffering, it would seem that all a veteran would need to do is present himself at the closest Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility and help would immediately be there.

Not necessarily so.

A veteran presented himself at a VA emergency room suffering from suicidal thoughts. He was in pain, suffered from withdrawal seizures and was on medication that had been tapered down until he had no more pills. Six days later he was dead.

At the ER the veteran asked to be admitted for inpatient detox. I...



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