Veteran Dies by Killing Himself Outside Cleveland Hospital, Lawmakers Call for Action

On Monday a veteran committed suicide outside Cleveland medical hospital.

This is the fourth veteran suicide outside the veteran’s affairs hospital this month. More than a dozen veteran’s demands for actions to be taken to prevent more veteran suicide from being committed.

The Cleveland death occurred outside the medical facility emergency room at around 3:00 am.

VA officials refused to give details on what happened, quoting private regulations. In a statement provided to USA Today, the officials offered their sincerest condolences to the families affected by the deaths.

On April 5th a similar case occurred where a veteran committed suicide outside the VA medical facility in Dublin, Georgia. The following day a 68 years old veteran also killed himself on the entrance of the Atlanta VA medical center.

On April 9th a veteran brutally shot himself in a VA Clinic in Texas at the waiting room.

Mark Takano together with other lawmakers said that it is clear that as a country there is not much being done to support the veterans who are going through problems.

Nancy Pelosi also said that the incident was an urgent crisis in the country and it was not about politics nor partisanship, but it was about patriotism.

According to VA, data veterans stand a higher chance of committing suicide as compared to non-veterans. From the year 2008 to 2016 an approximate of 6000 veterans killed themselves every year. In the year 2016, an estimate of 6079 veterans took their lives.


Josh Goodhue

Josh Goodhue is a journalist and political commentator and analyst. He writes a political column for the Journalist Observer, he also contributes political articles to various periodicals and is a frequent guest on news shows about the state of politics in the country. He has had years of experience in the field of policy making, and has worked for (and with) several organizations focused on creating a political awareness among the country’s citizens. He has a degree in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School Of Government, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the California Institute Of Integral Studies.

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