AWFUL: Army Vet freezes to death after being released from VA hospital

A new troubling story has emerged from a variety of news outlets surrounding the death of an Army Veteran.

An Atlanta family says it was negligence that led to the death of their father, an Army veteran.

Vance Perry was found dead on New Year’s Eve in a freezing-cold parking garage in Madison, Wis.

Erika Perry hasn’t seen her father in five years. Now, she and her siblings are trying to figure out how to see him one last time — for his funeral.

Last month, Vance Perry moved from Atlanta to Madison, Wis. That’s where the Army veteran died Sunday morning.

He was found in a parking garage in below freezing temperatures, wearing only a light jacket. The medical examiner says he likely died of hypothermia. He was 57.

“He was the most giving person that I ever met,” Erika Perry said. “It’s just sad he died a lonely death.”

The VA responded to this claim of negligence.

Paul Rickert of Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital released the following statement: “We are terribly saddened to learn of the loss of this veteran. Prior to his death, he voluntarily checked out of our facility, which had no grounds to prevent him forcibly from doing so

This is one of the saddest and most disturbing stories I have covered. The idea that someone who served our country died such a horrible death just makes you sick to your stomach. This man died alone and the suffering he must have felt is unimaginable. There is one weird part to this story though. The daughter of this man, Erika claims she hasn’t seen her father in 5 years. Now, my research wasn’t able to turn up any reason as to why this was. You would think if your father had a mental illness such as this you would want to be a part of his life. I am by no means jumping to any conclusions with this assessment,  I just thought it was a very weird part of the story.

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