Veteran shot and killed himself on the steps of VA hospital (updated)
I saw this article via twitter a few hours ago...Veteran commits suicide in front of Dayton VA Center.
"A 27-year-old Army veteran shot and killed himself at the front steps of the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center just hours after he had been in the center’s emergency room.
Jesse C. Huff, address unknown, was wearing full military fatigues and was armed with a military-style rifle, which he used to shoot himself twice in the head about 5:45 a.m. Friday, April 16, according to police and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
He was a veteran that we (had treated),” said Simmons, a VA spokeswoman."
Absolutely heartbreaking. I wish a journalist would investigate Huff’s background and take us through what drove him to do this. What did he do overseas? Honorable discharge? How was he transitioning into the civilian world? Career? Family life? What treatment was he receiving from the VA hospital? Was it adequate? This should not be happening.
Read the article here.
Update: People are just starting to talk about this story. Where is the VA on this? No damage control? There is a reason why a veteran would shoot himself on the steps of a VA hospital. Wake up!
Update: Did Huff kill himself to make a statement?
"The 27-year-old Dayton man had entered the center’s emergency room about 1 a.m. Friday and requested some sort of treatment. But Huff did not get that treatment, police said, and about 5:45 a.m. he reappeared at the center’s entrance, put a military-style rifle to his head and twice pulled the trigger.: