- The Washington Times - Monday, March 9, 2015

Robin Paul, a manager at the Roudebush Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis, appeared to mock mental health and the suicides of returning combat veterans, according to an email released by The Indianapolis Star.

The email, sent by Ms. Paul to her employees, contains photographs of a toy Christmas elf posing as a patient asking for Xanax and committing suicide by hanging from an electrical cord.  

Ms. Paul is a social worker that oversees the hospital’s clinic for returning veterans dealing with mental health issues.

It is estimated by the VA that 22 veterans commit suicide each day.

“I would like to sincerely apologize for the email message and I take full responsibility for this poor judgment,” Ms. Paul said in a statement from the hospital to The Indianapolis Star.

“I have put my heart and soul into my work with Veterans for many years. I hold all Veterans and military personnel in the highest regard and am deeply remorseful for any hurt this may have caused.”

According to CBS News, the email was “administratively addressed,” and Ms. Paul continues to manage the clinic.

 

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