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Veteran Commits Suicide In VA Hospital's Parking Lot

August 25, 2016

Veteran Commits Suicide In VA Hospital's Parking Lot

Peter A. Kaisen killed himself this Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He had previously had been a patient at the VA hospital located in Long Island. New York.

Reports say that Kaisen was alone when he shot himself outside of Building 92, which was a nursing home at the hospital.

Two hospital officials came forward with tender information regarding Kaisen with the promise of anonymity.

One of the officials shared that he went to the emergency room seeking a mental health professional. When he was unable to see an emergency-room official he naturally became angered.

One official said,

"He went to the ER and was denied service...And then he went to his car and shot himself".

One hospital worker was absolutely bewildered as to why Mr.Kaisen had not immediately been referred to the hospital's mental health center. This same staff member admitted to reporters that although there normally was not a psychologist present in the Emergency Room, the mental health building was open 24/7.

“Someone dropped the ball,” the worker said. “They should not have turned him away.”

Christopher Goodman is a spokesman for the hospital. He publicly announced that there,

"was no indication that he presented to the E.R. prior to the incident".

It is doubtful that anyone even made an official record of Mr. Kaisen's visit.

Goodman also shared,

“the employees here at Northport feel this loss deeply and extend their thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by this tragedy".

Due to the fact that Kaisen's death occurred on federal property, the investigation was immediately put into the hands of the F.B.I. Lt. Kevin Beyrer shared that the VA police had contacted county police on Sunday at 12:31 p.m.

The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center had long been under scrutiny for improper care and mismanagement.

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20 Responses

Elizabeth McAllister
Elizabeth McAllister

August 29, 2016

I am a RN for 38 yrs and have worked in many areas of nursing during my career. I am disheartened to learn that a Military gentleman was turned away from a Veteran’s facility, because there was no one there to help him? What a poor excuse or cop out one. It should be standard protocol that any Military personnel be seen immediately. Nine times out of ten they are suffering from symptoms of Depression or PTSD. The United States of America has entirely too many military personnel committing suicide at an alarming rate and if you people in the Veterans Hospital can’t help these individuals then have a referral facility where they can be referred to for immediate help, This is a serious problem and it’s being swept under the rug. Please take care of our military men and women, white or black because “THEY ALL DO MATTER!!!” I guess this is why the VA Clinics and VA Hospitals are getting such bad names and very little support. If this is how you treat our military personnel you should be ashamed of yourselves. Our military personnel should be treated like Kings and Queens and should be taken care of with the Best care care for the rest of their lives. Our Congress men and women SHOULD NOT be treated like they are. Just what do they do to sacrifice their lives, their families, their bodies to deserve being paid tbose big sums of money each year? NOTHING. They sacrificed nothing because most of them are CROOKS. They are ruthless in getting bribes, donations, gifts, etc.Just to name a few. That’s a lost cause. Back to our military. Treat these men and women, black or white with the respect they deserve for SERVING OUR COUNTRY. THEY ARE WHO FIGHT SO WE CAN BE FREE. THEY DESERVE MORE. AND SHOULD GET THE HIGHEST CARE AVAILABLE TO ANYONE IN THIS OUR GREAT USA BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM WE WOULD NOT BE SO GREAT!!! ALL MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN, BLACK OR WHITE MATTER TO ME SO PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THEM. MY TAX DOLLARS PAYS YOU TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. THANK YOU

Amy Smith
Amy Smith

August 27, 2016

I find it highly suspicious that a veteran would drive all the way to a VA hospital & NOT enter the ER to ask for help as he was obviously in a crisis! There should be video surveillance showing exactly what happened & I hope that this investigation shows the truth!! If indeed this gentleman asked for help his family needs to be compensated, given a written letter of apology from the VA & a full blown investigation should then be done to find out all of this facilities problems so that our veterans get the medical, psychiatric & rehabilitation care that they need & deserve!
My deepest condolences to the family of this gentleman who felt as though he had no way out other than to commit suicide! My heart breaks for anyone who believes that they have no other options!! There IS help! Tell someone you trust, who loves you or cares about you!! May God bless you all!

Angel
Angel

August 27, 2016

My prayers go out to his family for their healing. We must get our countrymens attention!!!! These people sacrificed their lives for our country!!!!! They should be given full medical dental psychological help they ask!!!!!!! ???? we need to support our blessed veterans!!!!!!

Rob
Rob

August 26, 2016

I almost ended up in a wheelchair.
I broke my back.
Couldn’t feel or move my right leg.
VA ER told me to
“Have a seat, we have other patients ahead of you”

My ex girlfriend works at a Hospital with a Joint & Spine unit.
She took me to That ER
Where a Spine surgeon risked his license to treat me without VA approval or PC permission.
I’m walking because of him.!!!
FIX THE SYSTEM
CHANGE THE MENTALITY
REHIRE OPENLY &
BY MAKING EVERYONE REAPPLY FOR THIER JOBS!

Linda Queen
Linda Queen

August 26, 2016

Hope the FBI investigation will not be done the same way as Clintons investigation

Susan
Susan

August 26, 2016

This is just about case where your have someone who served our country, adv was denied care and felt despondent and that he had no where else to turn. He was not only a veteran he wad also a senior citizen…What is it going to take for this country to wake up and realize that we must keep this money here in the US to take care of our own families, to make sure that we all have adequte foid, that no one good hungry, that we have adequate housing, that no one is homeless, that we have adequate health care, that no one feels like this poor gentleman that he had no where else to turn so he would rather end his life? PLEASE WAKE UP POLITICIANS AND TAKE CARE OF US! Dont send the money overseas, don’t let in trend our hundreds of thousands of refugees and give then free good, housing acc medical care when our own citizens are hungry, homeless and committing suicide because they are giving up!!!

Ann westfall
Ann westfall

August 25, 2016

That person or persons that denied him help should be held for murder,since he put his life in danger for them,they would not even have a job if it were not for all these veterans.such a horiable thing.sorry is not cutting it.

John S.
John S.

August 25, 2016

What a tragic shame and lost of a hero RIP brother.

elaine
elaine

August 25, 2016

Navigation of this system is extremely difficult for all. As a health care professional it is even more difficult when trying to make referrals. Try to get some one to listen and act. Good luck

Darlene
Darlene

August 25, 2016

Our veteran s disperse more than this ! this is absolutely heartbreaking he was reaching out and no one was there !! It’s a crime

Pat
Pat

August 25, 2016

Being as this facility had been under investigation already, I don’t find it unreasonable that they dropped the ball. I think the entire facility needs either more training or complete replacement of inadequate employees. A man’s life was lost due to ignorance and a complete lack of compassion & professionalism. Too many veterans are at the end of their rope to start with….THE VA HOSPITALS should be MORE aware than anyone!

Shelli Reed
Shelli Reed

August 25, 2016

My 36 year old cousin jumped off the VA parking building in OK City last month for the same reason.

DIana
DIana

August 25, 2016

22 Veterans a DAY are taking their own lives! When is something going to be done! These men and women put their lives on the line for our Freedom only to have the VA and the Government turn their backs on them! I lost my son to PTSD Military Suicide and I am sickened EVERY time I see another picture of a Veteran who has taken their life! SICKENED! I could care less about Hilary Clinton or Donald Trumps latest slanderous statements to each other! HELP our Veterans! This is disgusting America!

Sharlett Williams
Sharlett Williams

August 25, 2016

The VA and people working for the VA do not care what our Veterans went through or what they go through every day. They just want them to die.

Iva oxendine
Iva oxendine

August 25, 2016

This is disgusting they go in the military to protect our country and then they can’t get help. Whoever at the VA that didn’t help should be fired.

Michael Wowak
Michael Wowak

August 25, 2016

When I was in the coffee line at the Virginia hotel several years ago for a family wedding I had a conversation about the VA with Melissa. She said her 90 year old WW2 veteran father with dementia was recently rejected for VA healthcare benefits because he made too much money. “On January 17, 2003, VA announced in the Federal Register that the VA will enroll all priority groups of veterans, except those veterans in Priority 8 who were not in an enrolled status on January 17, 2003, or who requested disenrollment on or after that date”. Priority Group 8 are higher income veterans, George W Bush was the the President in January of 2003, Anthony Principi was his appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Fast forward to November of 2010, 20 year Texas Congressman Chet Edwards loses his seat to Bill Flores, a complete rookie supported by the Tea Party. Chet Edwards wanted to and tried to help all veterans become, once again, eligible for VA health care benefits. November 2010, 20 year veteran Democratic Congressman Chet Edwards loses his seat and the Republicans take control of the House.

Britanny Balthaser
Britanny Balthaser

August 25, 2016

My heart hurts for not only this man, but his family. The VA needs to respond better to vets quite literally asking for help. Turning them away is a death sentence. I am saddened that it has to be at the deaths of men and women after they have asked for helped that the VA responds. We need to overhaul the entire system starting with the salaries of those running the administration, and the too old doctors that are keeping on working even though many of them quite incompetent.

Donna Olson
Donna Olson

August 25, 2016

It’s a disgrace that we can spend so much money on the care of people in this country who are not even citizens and yet, we can turn our backs on our own who have given so much to our country. I hope to God that Donald Trump is elected so he can end the mistreatment of our veterans and put them before outsiders, refugees, or countries who hate us.

petra Dalessandro
petra Dalessandro

August 25, 2016

this is so sad that a Veteran gets turned away while he seeks help …… This is whats wrong with people who work at the VA they treat Veterans like they are a bother to them, news flash they fought for you and they deserve better than that. Our Veterans need more then just a smile they need all the help and support we can give them. Those people who turned him away should be fired and hire professional who know how to treat a Veteran.

dawn rooks
dawn rooks

August 25, 2016

Way beyond sad. These vets put their lives on the line to keep our country safe & this is how they are treated over & over & over. Needs to be fixed NOW, not soon but NOW.

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