An hospital cannot be as disorganized as this one. Devoted to veterans, this hospital would have appointed this veteran earlier. In north america, waiting time are too long before having a doctor or a specialist. Perhaps we are lacking some health care workers. Budget needs to be risen up. All of these can explain what happened...
Yes, Veterans Affairs offers a wide range of mental health services especially for suicide prevention and post traumatic stress disorder. This individual made a very personal decision to harm himself; the V.A should not be penalized for this decision. If he opted not to accept the mental health services afforded him that is not the fault of the V.A. In addition, the reputation of an entire organization's services should not be based on one isolated incident such as this one.
For all of the government talk about supporting our troops, they don't seem to act on that, especially after their service is up. Veterans are constantly degraded and ignored, and its a major problem for a country reliant on the military industrial complex. Our vets deserve better than we give them!
The amount we spend on mental health counseling for veterans is barely pennies on the dollar compared to what we spend to send and keep them at war. It is a disgrace that we stop caring about our veterans once they come home, and if we don't get veterans better counseling there will be more incidents like this.