Veteran dies by suicide in North Carolina VA hospital parking lot

Elizabeth Howe
August 07, 2019 - 8:30 am

Photo courtesy of Charles George VA

A veteran died by suicide in the parking lot of the Charles George VA Medical Center Sunday morning. 

"We are saddened by this loss and extend our deepest condolences to the Veteran’s family, friends and caregivers," the medical center said in a Facebook post before listing the services they offer in their facilities across North Carolina — the hospital has not released any further details on the victim or the incident.

This is far from the first incident of a veteran taking their life on a VA campus. Close to 30 have died by suicide on VA property in the last two years. 

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In April of this year, three veterans died by suicide on VA campuses in a one-week period followed by a fourth only weeks later. In the midst of these suicides, Rep. Max Rose, D-Ny., also an Army veteran, introduced a bill that would require VA to report suicides and suicide attempts that occur on their campuses to Congress no later than seven days after the event. The bill passed the House in May and is awaiting a Senate vote.

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The Charles George VA Medical Center says Asheville police are investigating the incident. 

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the Veteran Crisis Line 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 (select option 1 for a VA staff member). Veterans, service members or their families also can text 838255 or go to veteranscrisisline.net.

Staff writer Abbie Bennett contributed to this report.