Family Of Veteran That Committed Suicide Suing VA For Neglect!

Family Of Veteran That Committed Suicide Suing VA For Neglect!

April 06, 2016

Family Of Veteran That Committed Suicide Suing VA For Neglect!

If you remember the buzz around the tragic death by suicide of Tom Young, then you will be relieved to hear that his family is now suing the Department of Veteran Affairs for the mishandling of Young’s call. 

Last Tuesday, Young’s widow and two daughters filed a $18 million wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County, citing the VA was negligent. The lawsuit claims that the VA and the contractor hired to help run its suicide hotline had abandoned Young.

 

To recap on what happened with Tom Young – after struggling with depression after his time served; he did exactly what he was supposed to do. He reached out to the crisis hotline, but he was sent to voicemail. He had also reached out to the Hines VA Hospital, but was put on a waiting list because there were no available beds in the suicide unit.

After dealing with the suicidal thoughts and receiving no help from the organization that is tasked with helping veterans struggling with these feelings, he took his own life by sitting in the way of a Metra train the next day. 

The day after that? Both the crisis hotline and the Hines VA Hospital finally called him back, but it was too late. 

"We are alleging that Mr. Young contacted the veteran crisis hotline as he was supposed to do, and his call was placed into a voicemail system, and not responded to until after he had taken his own life on July 23 of last year," said Kenneth Hoffman, an attorney for the Young family. 

"Tom Young put his life on the line for his country and when he needed his country's help we weren't there for him," Hoffman said. 

The VA has passed the blame over to simply the crisis hotline that they had contracted. That contractor, obviously, is no longer receiving calls. 

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4 Responses

stephanie
stephanie

April 06, 2016

This is so unacceptable! They deserve more than they get! Its so wrong on so many levels! They like to pass the buck & blame game! To much wrong is happening w the va for these veterans! 1 suicide is to many! Government needs to get off their asses fix it & do something! Our vets were there for us but when they need help its obviously nobody’s there for them!!!!!!

william stone
william stone

April 06, 2016

God bless pr aying for your family to win your case! Such a shame their neglect of our warriors. Good luck

Darryl Yusko
Darryl Yusko

April 06, 2016

How this travesty occurred is beyond my senses. I blame the VA system. Prayers to the young family. I am a Vet. I willing to help. As a hedlthcare professional now, I can offer my friendship, comradery, and drive someone to a treatment center anywhere there would be a room/bed available…

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Amanda
Amanda

April 06, 2016

My dad committed suicide 5 years ago. Some people never show that’s where they are at. But they also have their minds made up and nothing we or anyone else can do. So you sue for money what is that really going to do?? People need to quit being greedy and exscpect others to fix there problems

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