Within moments of an attack at a Veterans Affairs clinic Tuesday that left the gunman and a VA doctor dead, the conversation took a turn to the disagreements and misunderstandings between U.S. military veterans and the VA employees responsible for serving them.
The shooting occurred at the El Paso VA Health Care System about 3:10 p.m. As of Wednesday morning, federal officials offered no motives for the shooting or identities of the men killed.
Regardless, the attack has stirred up feelings of frustration between some VA employees and veterans on the Facebook page for the El Paso clinic. The shooting comes after a series of scandals in recent months that has cast the VA in a negative light, especially in Phoenix, Ariz., where federal investigators found that numerous veterans died after receiving poor care in a VA hospital.
The clinic in El Paso serves veterans in Southwest Texas and Doña Ana County, N.M. The clinic’s Facebook page is filled with emotional responses that appear to come from both employees and veterans since the shooting. They were posted on updates from the clinic to patients, employees and volunteers that noted that the facility would be closed Wednesday: