Two hospital workers — who spoke to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity — say that Kaisen had come to Long Island’s Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Sunday seeking “an emergency-room physician for reasons related to his mental health.”
As one worker put it:
“He went to the E.R. and was denied service. And then he went to his car and shot himself.”
The workers added that “someone dropped the ball” and that the hospital — where Kaisen had been a patient — “should not have turned him away.”
However, Christopher Goodman — a spokesperson for the hospital — has countered this claim, saying that “there was no indication Kaisen had shown up at the ER prior to his suicide.”
In May, the same facility came under fire after it was forced to cancel the surgeries of more than 100 veterans when black particles began spitting out of the air vents in its operating rooms.
Kaisen, who served in the Navy from 1958 to 1962, also served as an officer with the Long Beach Police Department in the 60s, during which time he was severely injured in a car accident. He had reportedly been on “constant medication” ever since.
Thomas Farley, a friend of Kaisen for 40 years, spoke on the grieving family’s behalf:
“He went there for help with depression. That was his last hope, and he didn’t get any help.”
Farley adds that he hopes his friend’s death “can be used as an example to make things better,” and hopefully “can save someone else’s life.”
After what the VA did to my father, and what the VA is currently doing to a friend of mine, I have no doubt that he was there and tried to get help and that the VA is trying to cover this up.
This man served his country! He deserved better than that! Our Veterans should not be committing suicide. Ever. We owe them every last chance we can give them at living healthy, productive, full lives. Somehow we can give all these great benefits to illegal aliens and refugees from a country Obama claims is under control but they still need to come here, but we can’t take care of our own. And we have people clamoring for single payer healthcare while we watch what our government does to the best among us!