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ST. PETERSBURG — On Dec. 10, retired Marine Col. Jim Turner put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle.
Aside from leaving behind grieving family and friends, Turner, 55, of Belleair Bluffs, left behind a suicide note that blasted the VA for what he said was its failure to help him.
The article goes on to state the following:
“I bet if you look at the 22 suicides a day you will see VA screwed up in 90%,” wrote Turner, who was well-known and well-respected in military circles. “I did 20+ years, had PTSD and still had to pay over $1,000 a month health care.”
Turner’s death marked the fifth time since 2013 that a veteran has taken his life at Bay Pines. There were more suicides there during those five years than at the rest of the VA hospitals in the state combined. There were none at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa.
In their exclusive report, The Tampa Bay Times also provided the following:
Long before he became a statistic — one of 20 veterans who die by suicide every day — James Flynn Turner IV was a young man from a wealthy Baltimore family who joined the Marine Corps and reveled in his service to the nation.
“My brother’s identity was being a Marine,” said Jon Turner.
Jim Turner flew F-18s and then became an infantry officer, taking part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He later served in Afghanistan and spent a decade working at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base.
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Why have five veterans died by suicide at Bay Pines over the last five years? And why are 19 veterans a day ending their lives?https://t.co/38mcrUWzkd
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) December 18, 2018
A sad one from @haltman at @TB_Times – A retired Marine colonel put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the Bay Pines VA complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle. He blamed the VA https://t.co/OhqTnAjDI6
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) December 18, 2018
Today is a sad day. I am attending a funeral of a Falen Fellow Marine Col. Jim Turner! Fair winds and following seas! SEMPER FI!
— Winfield Boggs (@TheBigWynn) December 14, 2018
“I bet if you look at the 22 suicides a day you will see VA screwed up in 90%,” retired Marine Col. Jim Turner wrote in his suicide note shortly before taking his own life at Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs. https://t.co/3R7YWQ71gk
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) December 18, 2018
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