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Vietnam vet kills himself in VA hospital parking lot

Leavenworth VA Medical Center (Veterans Health/Flickr)
June 20, 2018

A Vietnam War-era veteran died last week from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the parking lot of a Kansas VA medical hospital last week.

Michael Douglas, 69, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 4 p.m. last Wednesday in the emergency department parking lot of the Eisenhower VA Medical Center, according to a statement from Joseph Burks, a public affairs officer for VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, the Leavenworth Times reported.

Douglas was pronounced dead after receiving medical treatment at the scene.

We take hard the loss of any Veteran (during war or peace) and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Michael Douglas,” Burks said in the statement. “Executive leaders at VA Eastern Kansas share their deepest appreciation for those staff members involved in the incident and offer their sincere gratitude to the entire organization for the quick, appropriate, and honorable work throughout the situation.”