Distraught veteran sets himself on fire with gasoline outside VA facility after losing wife and job
Dashcam footage has just been released from the suicide of Navy veteran Charles Ingram III who, on March 19, doused himself with gallons of gasoline and set himself on fire outside of the Veterans Affairs clinic in Northfield, New Jersey.
The footage shows police in a frantic rush to put the fire out but it was to no avail. Ingram was burned on 100 percent of his body and rushed to Temple University Hospital burn unit. He died nine hours later, according to My9NJ.com.
Ingram’s wife told officers that lately he had been feeling as though he didn’t fit in and their divorce was about to be finalized. To make matters worse, Ingram had just lost his job.
Ingram had complained to his wife that he wasn’t happy with the care he had been receiving at the VA. The incident occurred on a Saturday so the VA facilities were closed though local police report that there have been calls to extend the hours to include weekends.
The Department of Veterans Affairs released a study in 2013 that showed roughly 22 veterans committed suicide per day between 1999 and 2010 when the survey was conducted.