Image Shows VA Psychiatrist On Facebook Telling Veteran To Commit Suicide

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An image posted online Monday night apparently shows a Department of Veterans Affairs psychiatrist telling a veteran to commit suicide.

The image was uploaded to Imgur and shows an anonymous veteran indicating support for gun rights on a Facebook comment thread. In response, Gregg Gorton, whose Facebook profile shows that he works at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a staff psychiatrist, said that the user should commit suicide.

“[O]ff yourself, please,” Gorton said in response to the veteran.

Another Facebook user jumped into the conversation shortly after Gorton’s comment, saying, “is that what you say to pro gun Veterans at the VA?”

A VA spokesman confirmed with The Daily Caller News Foundation that Gorton is employed as a psychiatrist at the department and immediately chastised the comment.

“This type of behavior is completely unacceptable and we apologize to all our Veterans and their families,” a VA spokesman told TheDCNF. “VA is committed to treating our Veterans and the health conditions they face with the utmost respect and compassion.”

“The post was totally inappropriate and does not convey our commitment to Veterans.  We are taking steps immediately to address the situation.”

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