I erroneously made a statement regarding the suicide death of a local Veteran, Peter Kaisen, at the VA Medical Center in Northport, NY, on August 21, 2016. I reported, along with other individuals and the local Press, that Mr. Kaisen had gone to the Emergency Room at the VA Hospital and been turned away (denied service). I have since learned that the FBI, investigating the case, has in its possession surveillance video of Mr. Kaisen entering the grounds and driving directly to parking lot where he took his life.
This error does not, however, preclude the possibility that Mr. Kaisen had run into resistance in getting proper care in the past. It is well known by those who consume the products and services of the VA Health system that denial of service and restrictive access to care are routine rather than the exception.
On September 20th, 2016, there will be a hearing held at the VAMC, Northport by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. This is a subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs of which Lee Zeldin and Steve Israel are members. I would like to see local Long Island Veterans in the audience for this hearing as a show of support in the effort to turn this Facility around. The Veterans of Long Island deserve better than they are currently getting.