Veteran dies by suicide outside Cleveland VA Medical Center

Kaylah Jackson
April 29, 2019 - 5:03 pm

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A veteran died by suicide Monday outside the Wade Park Emergency Department of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, in Northeast Ohio, according to Fox 8. 

Due to privacy regulations, the Department of Veterans Affairs cannot offer more details but an email notice about the event was sent to employees.

Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) expressed her heartbreak over yet another veteran suicide, offering condolences and prayers to the veteran's family and friends.

 “The fact that 20 veterans a day take their own life – over 7,000 a year – is a tragedy. With seven incidents of veteran suicide on VA property in 2019 alone, 25 in the last 18 months, its critical we do more to stop this sustained national crisis. That is why I am working closely with my colleagues in the House and Senate to take decisive action to investigate and bring to an end the epidemic of veteran suicide.”

An op-ed by Mark Takano (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Veteran Affairs Committee, was published in The Hill concerning the reality of veteran suicide in the United States.

"As Americans, we are proud of the service and sacrifice veterans have made for our country, but a polite 'Thank You for Your Service' isn’t enough for our veterans in crisis. Instead, we must thank and honor our veterans with action, work together to deliver top quality health care, provide community support, and ensure we offer a stable transition out of military service and into quality, sustainable employment," Takano wrote.

Earlier this year, some members of Congress came together to introduce legislation, hoping to keep VA accountable for these events, especially those that happen on the grounds of Department of Veterans Affairs

New bill would require VA to report suicides on their campuses to Congress.

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