DEADLY APPOINTMENTS: Vets Increasingly Arriving at VA Hospitals … To Kill Themselves

VA Refusing to Release Name of Patient Who Shot Self Inside Texas VA Hospital Bathroom; Circumstances, Condition of Victim Unknown

OFFICIALS: Veteran shoots self at VA hospital in Temple

by Jeremy Schwartz
American-Statesman, Sept. 9, 2013

A veteran shot himself inside a public restroom at the Department of Veterans Affairs Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple on Monday morning and was taken to Scott and White Hospital’s trauma unit, VA officials said.

Officials say the veteran, who they are not identifying, walked into the hospital around 7:55 a.m. and went to a public restroom near the entrance and shot himself.

VA officials also would not disclose the type of treatment the man was receiving at the medical center.

“This is a tragedy that all of our employees take very seriously,” Deborah Meyer, spokeswoman for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, said in a statement.

“We are conducting a full review of the circumstances surrounding this case to identify potential lessons learned so we can further enhance our Suicide Prevention Program.”

Meyer said the program has three suicide prevention coordinators and is designed to help veterans with chronic health issues transition to civilian life.

Veterans or family members in need of assistance can call the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line, a toll-free confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.

Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or chat online at

They may also send a text message to 838255 to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

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