It’s not enough the Veterans Administration is leaving people to die awaiting treatment at its facilities. Now, apparently, the quality of care is still so lousy that patients are being driven to pull out guns and kill themselves as a way to exit the hell in which they find themselves stranded.
And yet the mess that is the V.A. is still not so bad, evidently, that those in positions of appropriate authority are stopping everything else to focus on straightening the problems out, once and for all.
In what can only be seen as a genuine tragedy, a 76-year-old vet, Peter A. Kaisen, blew his brains out this past Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is located on Long Island, New York.
According to reporting by The New York Times, while it is not yet known with certainty why Mr. Kaisen killed himself, a couple of people associated with Northport, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, confirmed that he had been very distressed over his inability to see an emergency room doctor about his mental health. As quoted by the Times, one of the sources said, “He went to the E.R. and was denied service. And then he went to his car and shot himself.”
“Someone dropped the ball. They should not have turned him away.”
Business as usual at the V.A., apparently.
The F.B.I. is conducting the investigation into Kaisen’s death, due to the fact he died on federal property.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large