A Veteran’s Suicide in Front of VA Clinic

Self Immolation

[By staff reporters]

A veteran committed suicide by setting himself on fire in front of a New Jersey VA clinic after staff at the clinic repeatedly failed to ensure he received adequate mental health care, an investigation of the death found.

Department of Veterans Affairs staff canceled an appointment Charles Ingram had in fall 2015 because a provider was unavailable, didn’t follow up to reschedule, and when he walked into the clinic to ask for an appointment, they didn’t schedule it until three months later, the VA inspector general found.

Ingram, a 51-year-old Gulf War veteran, had been approved to receive treatment at a non-VA facility, but no one at VA contacted him or scheduled the appointment.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/15/vet-set-himself-fire-after-long-va-waits-appointment-cancellation-investigation-finds/866834001/#:~:text=WASHINGTON%20%E2%80%94%20A%20veteran%20committed%20suicide%20by%20setting,to%20ensure%20he%20received%20adequate%20mental%20health%20

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NOTE: Self-immolation is an act of killing oneself as a sacrifice. While usage since the 1960s has typically referred only to setting oneself on fire, the term historically refers to a much wider range of suicidal options, such as leaping off a cliff, starvation, or seppuku. Self-immolation is often used as a form of protest or for the purposes of martyrdom.

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7 Responses

  1. Just shameful!
    Things will never change at the VA.
    Janice

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