Veteran Dies After Setting Himself on Fire In Front of VA Clinic

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A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, he served in the Navy from 1985 to 1992.

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Charles Richard Ingram III , 51, had been treated at the Veterans Affairs Health Clinic in New Jersey in the past.   On March 19th, he walked nine miles from his home to the clinic, and committed suicide by setting himself on fire in front of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Northfield, New Jersey.

A bystander attempted to extinguish the fire with blankets as firefighters arrived on the scene. Ingram ultimately died at Temple University Burn Center in Philadelphia later that night.

Ingram served in the Navy 7 years, throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as chief on the command ship USS La Salle when it became the first American war vessel to arrive at a liberated Ash Shuaybah, Kuwait, in March 1991.

He left behind a wife and two children, ages 3 and 5.

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Atlantic County Veterans Affairs Director Bob Frolow said the clinic’s daytime Monday-to-Friday schedule causes a hardship for veterans who cannot get there during work hours, The Press reported.

The suicide rate among recent US military veterans is about 50 percent higher than the non-military US population, or 29.5 per 100,000 vets, according to a study released in early 2015.

 

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