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Also Wednesday, the Veterans Affairs Department issued a statement saying Alexis had visited two of its hospitals in late August but did not repeat his complaints about voices or microwave machines nor in any way did he refer to violent or self-destructive thoughts.

The Aug. 23 visit to the VA Medical Center emergency room in Providence, R.I., heard only a complaint about insomnia, for which he was given sleep medication and advised to follow up with a doctor’s visit. A VA hospital in Washington took a similar complaint and refilled his medication.

He enrolled in VA health care in February 2011 and was receiving disability payments.

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Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...

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