Federal investigators are taking a close look at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System after a patient seeking help for depression and suicidal thoughts committed suicide 24 hours after he was discharged. Police found the Iraq war veteran shot himself in the parking lot of the Minneapolis VA hospital.
U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Tim Walz called the situation, “Profoundly unacceptable. He added that the finding that, “The Minneapolis VA failed to sufficiently sustain relevant recommendations OIG made in 2012 should outrage us all.”
The report shows the patient’s treatment team failed to manage medication follow-up procedures, did not educate the patient on access to firearms, and never provided suicide behavior report training to clinical staff.
“Our work to hold VA accountable is far from over,” Walz said, “The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee is holding a Suicide Prevention hearing this Thursday, and this tragic, systemic failure will be central to our focus.”