Govt. To Pay For Veteran Suicide

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The parents of an Iraq veteran who committed suicide after being turned away from a Department of Veterans Affairs facility say they've agreed to a $350,000 settlement offered by the government.

Jeffrey Lucey, a 23-year-old former Marine corporal, hanged himself in his parents' home in 2004, two weeks after the Northampton Veterans Medical Center in Leeds, Mass., released him. A complaint filed by his parents in federal court in 2007 says VA personnel said they couldn't make an assessment of their son's mental condition until he was alcohol free.

The settlement was announced by Military Families Speak Out, a group his parents joined after their son's death.

A VA spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

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