Another sad story caused by the disgraceful Veterans Affairs department.
Veteran Peter A. Kaisen, 76, walked into the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island Sunday to be seen about his mental health issues. When he was turned away at the emergency room, he went out to his car and shot himself.
Workers at the hospital spoke to The New York Times saying, “Someone dropped the ball. They should not have turned him away.”
The staffer added that the hospital always has a psychologist on call and that the mental health building is open every day, but no one on staff told Kaisen.
A hospital spokesman said there “was no indication that he presented to the ER prior to the incident,” according to The Washington Times. “[T]he employees here at Northport feel this loss deeply and extend their thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by this tragedy,” the spokesman added.
This is the same hospital that was chastised this year in the media for closing all operating rooms for months because of dust contamination in its air ducts. Not a shining example of how to care for U.S. war veterans. And now, another soldier commits suicide before getting the help needed.
But this is just the latest mar against the VA which has become most known for its terrible practices and maltreatment of patients, from long wait times, falsification of those wait times in its records, and directing its suicide hotline calls to voicemail, all the way to spending $20 million on useless art contracts to adorn its facilities. All the while, patients are dying under care, if they can get care at all.