In mid-2010, more than 500 veterans were on a waiting list to receive mental health care at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Sixteen attempted suicide before the VA, overwhelmed by a combination of surging demand and budget cuts, could fit them in.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News were the first to report that federal audits found that mismanagement at the Atlanta VA Medical Center’s mental health unit contributed to three deaths. The AJC continues to follow developments as the VA hospital comes under scrutiny.