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Resource ID: #26854
Subject: Veterans
Source: WFOR-TV (Miami)
Date: 2024-04-16



The death of a young Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran inside the Miami VA's drug treatment center led to a series of stories that revealed glaring problems with the way deaths inside the hospital were being handled. In this case, CBS4 News discovered the parents were told their son may have choked to death on a sandwich when in fact he had overdosed on drugs. When the family arrived, grief stricken and looking for answers, they were instead handed a large black garbage bag containing their son's personal belongings. CBS4 News also discovered VA police officials were not notified about the suspicious death for several hours and the detective who would normally investigate such matters was never contacted. Those stories in turn prompted the VA Police detective to come forward and expose even more serious problems, including allegations of drug dealing inside the hospital. The detective agreed to speak on-the-record and on-camera about how his efforts to investigate illegal activities inside the hospital were stymied by VA administrators.

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