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Veteran publicly commits suicide in Texas VA waiting room

Posted: 6:44 PM, Apr 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-10 19:58:42-04

Hundreds of people were in the room when a Veteran shot himself in an Austin Veterans Affairs clinic.

Yesterday afternoon, the clinic was immediately evacuated so detectives could investigate. The clinic planned on re-opening today.

The clinic doesn’t have metal detectors, so before the incident, VA police would do random bag checks. Now they check every bag.

According to government officials, 2016 statistics have an overwhelming 530 suicides by Texas veterans. That means veterans in our home state are twice as likely to take their own life than the general population.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts. The phone number is 800-273-8255 and you can find a list of resources here.