Deceased veteran found outside Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

Malcom Randall VAMC
Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center in Gainesville.
Photo courtesy Malcom Randall VAMC

The body of a deceased veteran was discovered Saturday morning at the Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center in Gainesville.

A statement from Malcom Randall VA Medical Center Executive Health System Director Wende Dottor confirmed the news in a statement to Mainstreet.

“On the morning of July 6, we found a deceased Veteran on our campus and immediately contacted local authorities,” she said. “We are very saddened at the loss of this Veteran and send our sincere condolences to the Veteran’s family, friends and impacted staff. We are unable to comment further on this matter as it remains under investigation.

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Gainesville Police Department spokesperson Brandon Hatzel confirmed that the department responded to assist the VA with the incident over the weekend.

“For Veterans, family or caregivers experiencing any crisis, please contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 988 then press 1 or text 838255,” Dotter said in the statement. “You’re not alone — the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call or text.”

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More money needs to spent on veterans. No more money should be spent on the criminal vagrants being attracted to Gainesville.


I have no doubt that this veteran reached out for help. He most likely got caught in all the red tape and Bureaucracy that they put all our veterans through. Any politician that doesn’t agree with providing our countries VA’s with more funding shouldn’t be in office.


How come a week later there are still no other news accounts regarding this incident? Why is there no follow up on this story?