|VA Puts Suicide Callers on Hold|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, Apr 21, 2015, 03:44 AM|
The Veteran Affairs administration had placed a suicide caller on hold three times before he could speak with a human being on the other line.
According to NewsMax, "An Air Force veteran who called the Department of Veterans Affairs' suicide hotline says he was put on hold three times before he was actually able to talk to someone. "Like too many veterans, I didn't know the hotline number, so I called my local VA, James Haley down in Tampa, Florida, and got to the typical menu that most people would get," Ted Koran told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on on Monday."
Koran is quoted as saying that, "Then you get to the spot where you have to write down the 1-800 number, give them a call, and then lo and behold, you're put on hold. In my case, I was put on hold three times before I finally got a human being."
As reported by NewsMax, "Koran called the while contemplating suicide April 11 because of depression after the death of his wife, Karen, who died from cancer about six months earlier. The Air Force veteran said the longest he waited was about 10 minutes. He said that the system needs to be fixed, but that we need to look beyond the government."
Operators answering phone calls on the Suicide hotlines are paid labor union employees.
To read the entire article from NewsMax, link here: