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APNewsBreak: Suit claims VA negligent in suicide
By KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press
The widow of an Iraq war veteran from Tennessee claims in a lawsuit that the Veterans Affairs was negligent in failing to diagnose and treat his post-traumatic stress disorder before he committed suicide in 2008.
The suit filed Tuesday in federal court in Greeneville says staff at the VA hospital in Mountain Home did not adequately treat Scott Walter Eiswert, of Greeneville, before his suicide at the age of 31. Eiswert, who served with the Tennessee National Guard, served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
The family’s lawsuit is the latest criticism of the VA’s response to preventing suicide among veterans and dealing with a massive backlog of benefits claims. Similar lawsuits have been filed against the VA by families of veterans who have committed suicide after seeking help at VA facilities.
The PBS News Hour originally reported the tragic and preventable death on Veterans Day 2008:
1. VCS / VUFT landmark victory in lawsuit against VA: http://www.veteransptsdclassaction.org/2011-05-10_9th_Circuit_decision.pdf
2. Recent Cases of Veteran Suicides ~ In our view, VA failed these veterans and their families:
A. Jonathan Schulze, Minnesota: http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/index.php/archives/694-kevin-giles
B. Jeff Lucey, Massachusetts: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/07/27/family_keeps_up_fight/
C. William Hamilton, California: http://www.baycitizen.org/veterans/story/veterans-death-under-investigation/
D. Lucas Senescall, Washington: http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/index.php/veterans-category-articles/2508-kevin-graman
3. Latest Statistics: New VCS Briefing, “Iraq and Afghanistan War Impact Report.”
4. Brand New VA Training Video, released this week.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =rKzN2yI5DTU&feature=player_em bedded