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How many more?

How many more have to die either by waiting to be treated or who kill themselves out of frustration?

A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, where he had been a patient, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Peter A. Kaisen, of Islip, was pronounced dead after he shot himself outside Building 92, the nursing home at the medical center.

This reminds me of the buddhist monks who set themselves on fire or people who do such horrible other spectacles to get the attention of wrongdoings.

“He went to the E.R. and was denied service,” one of the people, who currently works at the hospital, said. “And then he went to his car and shot himself.”

This is just sad and sick that such a thing happens in our country, of all countries. The system which was created and paid for to take care of vets continues to fail them every single day.

 

Read the whole story at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/nyregion/veteran-kills-himself-in-parking-lot-of-va-hospital-on-long-island.html

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