The parents of a 25-year-old Marine veteran who killed himself earlier this year said that their son had twice told medical staff at a veterans hospital in Minnesota that he was suicidal even though medical records dispute their account.
Jonathan Schulze, 25, reportedly was turned away from the Veterans Medical Center in St. Cloud before he committed suicide on Jan. 16. Even though an investigation by the Veterans Affairs Department concluded that Schulze did not discuss being suicidal with medical staffers there, his father and stepmother nevertheless maintain that the records are inaccurate, according to a report in the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune.
The family members indicated that Schulze was emotionally distressed after serving a seven-month tour in Iraq in 2004, according to the report. Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) told the Associated Press that he would press the VA to further investigate the matter. -- by Matthew DoBias