Veteran Commits Suicide Right In The Parking Lot Of The Phoenix VA
One veteran, reportedly sick and tired of poor care, drove over to the headquarters of the Phoenix VA over the weekend and took his own life.
Thomas Murphy, a 53-year-old vet, arrived in the parking lot of the regional office on Sunday with two items: a goodbye note and a gun. He was alone. The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently investigating the incident, Fox 10 Phoenix reports.
According to Brandon Coleman, a veteran of the Marine Corps, Murphy’s sacrifice is the ultimate symbolic gesture. Coleman was an addiction therapist with the Phoenix VA before he was charged with misconduct and placed on leave after filing a whistleblower complaint in December. What was wrong at the VA? Coleman testified that the hospital mishandled numerous suicidal veterans.
While Coleman never knew Murphy personally, the recent suicide provides additional evidence that, as suggested, all is not right in Phoenix.
“It’s an ultimate slap in the face to the VA, that something is wrong, to take the extra step to want to finish the act of suicide on VA property so that way you’re and they have to clean up the mess,” Coleman told Fox 10.
The Phoenix VA can’t seem to avoid courting controversy and scandal. A recent lawsuit alleges that doctors misdiagnosed fluid around 67-year-old Gene Spencer’s lungs as cancer in 2012. A physician informed Spencer the condition was terminal and told him to prepare for the end in several weeks. Shortly after, Spencer committed suicide. His wife soon received a call informing her of the great news: the fluid wasn’t cancer at all. At that point, the news was hollow. (RELATED: Phoenix VA Gets Sued After Totally Wrong Diagnosis Leads To Suicide)
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