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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:55 pm

Editor:

President Trump is great at giving awards to veterans who have passed away and no longer have to worry about dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He does not know how to fix the VA and refuses to listen to veterans who have an idea.

The veteran in Florida was in the psychiatric unit. It was time for him to leave but the unit did not want to release him yet. Being in a mental health unit is like being incarcerated;, there is no getting out. You have to be careful when asking about your release date. Remember, you are in a VA hospital, they are your enemy.

Anyway, to make a long story short, the veteran in question decided it was easier to hang himself.

The only reason this clinic in Harlingen does not drive veterans to commit suicide is because they know they are being watched.

Last year the VA was called out for not fighting against suicide. I know — I called the phone number for when you feel suicidal. I was in Dallas and I was talking to the help line that I had called in the past. Well, this time I called and within a few minutes three policemen from Plano

were knocking on my daughter’s door. I was put into the back of a police car. However, this was a special car; it did not have regular seats but hard plastic. I was cuffed with my hands behind my back. It was raining and cold and I kept asking the policeman to please loosen the handcuffs. He said we will be there soon.

When we got to Richardson Methodist Hospital he stopped the car and asked me to step out; he did not know that I had recently had a knee replacement surgery. He kept pulling me out of the back and it was very cold and raining. He pulled me out of the back and then walked me into what would be a jail called a psychiatric unit.

My daughter was so upset that I had made her made her possibly lose her children to her wealthy husband.

So It was not only bad that I was possibly sick due to post-traumatic stress PTSD from Vietnam, I also was arrested because I called the hotline and asked for help.

So if you are a veteran with PTSD, do not call the helpline unless you want to be placed in jail. Do not look for help with The VA. Look for help from someone or something other than the VA.

Fred Rendon Jr.

Harlingen

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