This is just despicable news. Charles Richard Ingram III, a seven-year US Navy veteran of Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf was driven to suicide by setting himself on fire in front of a Veterans Affairs health clinic in New Jersey. The 51-year-old had been treated there in the past.
On March 19, the day of his self-immolation, a bystander attempted to extinguish the fire with blankets as firefighters arrived on the scene. Ingram died at Temple University Burn Center in Philadelphia, last night.
“I’ve seen people die before with complications associated with minor burns, but he was 100 percent burned,” Northfield assistant fire chief Lauren William Crooks told the Beast. “Gasoline burns extremely hot, so how he survived the short time that he did was in my opinion a little unbelievable, but people react in unpredictable ways to trauma.”
Ingram is survived by his wife and two children. He was at sea throughout Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, serving as chief on the command ship USS La Salle. It was the first American war vessel to arrive at a liberated As Shuaybah, Kuwait, in March 1991.
Self-immolation is a very uncommon means of suicide, and is usually associated with protesting, though the reason why Ingram decided to take his own life in such a manner remains unknown. The suicide rate of recent US military veterans is about 50 percent higher than that of civilians.
The VA is under constant scrutiny with its lack of organization, care for our veterans, and lack of proper paperwork associated with their patients. Government inspectors found this past September that the department had a massive backlog of 900,000 healthcare applications waiting to be approved. More than 300,000 veterans died still waiting for approval.
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