A total of 35 suicides have taken place on VA property in the past two years. At Bay Pines facility, two veterans both took their own lives while sitting on their military records. The most recent case took place at the beginning of October, where the Vietnam veteran identified as “Mark” shot himself in the cemetery. This is much like the death of retired Marine Corps Col. Turner, who took his own life at a fishing pier at Bay Pines while sitting on his records. The note left behind by Turner cited the VA screw ups and mentioned extreme health care costs despite his 20 plus years of service and PTSD. 466 suicide attempts have taken place on VA grounds since the start of 2018.
January 20, 2020