The VA on Dr. Peter Linnerooth

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The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., has responded to the Jan. 2 suicide of Dr. Peter Linnerooth. The agency says legal requirements “forced” it to terminate his employment in late 2011 because he lacked the proper license. The VA said it told him he would be rehired if he obtained it.

The VA also said its staff in Reno says it never told Dr. Linnerooth that he could not get private PTSD treatment paid for by the government, as his family and friends maintain.

“Our heart goes out to Dr. Linnerooth’s family and friends,” the response concludes. Full statement here.