Suicidal Veterans: A VA Laff Riot

Good lord:

A VA medical center manager appears to mock the mental-health problems of returning combat veterans in an e-mail to her employees.

The e-mail contains photographs of a toy Christmas elf posing as a patient in what appears to be the hospital’s transitional clinic for returning veterans. In one photograph, the elf pleads for Xanax. In another photo, he hangs himself with an electrical cord.

The woman who sent the e-mail is Robin Paul, a licensed social worker who manages the Seamless Transition Integrated Care Clinic at Roudebush Veteran Affairs Medical Center here. The clinic provides returning veterans with transition assistance, including mental- health and readjustment services.

Paul has apologized, and remains on the staff. The reports also notes that she “received a $2,000 performance bonus in 2013.”

Teach social workers not to hate.

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