A 62-year-old veteran suicide Monday in the waiting room of a veterans affairs hospital, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
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An unknown AMERICAN military veteran suicide Monday in the waiting room of a Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Louis.
Michelle Woodling, a city with a police officer, ” said the 62-year-old was killed in the John Cochran VA Medical Center about 4:19 p.m., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spokeswoman told the newspaper that the agency is “sad” to confirm that the veteran was found deceased.
The agency does not immediately respond to an e-mail and phone call from Fox News. The circumstances leading to the death were unclear.
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Veteran’s family and loved ones, our medical center employees and members of the community affected by this tragic incident,” the spokeswoman told the newspaper.
Meanwhile, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin continues to hold the post. On Monday, a White House spokesman said President Donald Trump had confidence in Shulkin leadership “at this point in time.”
Early Monday, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley sought to dismiss reports of Shulkin the impending resignation as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the government, the second largest department with a total of 370,000 employees. He told Fox News Channel, “we hear these kinds of rumors every day.”
Shulkin, the lone government-Obama remnant in Trump is a Closet abruptly backed out of a media availability Monday morning that had been scheduled in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Elsmere, Del., as part of an annual Veterans Summit hosted by U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.
Shulkin told organizers he needed to get back ” on the road to Washington.”
“Secretary Shulkin, the singular focus is on finding the best ways to provide care and benefits for our country’s heroes,” said Shulkin strategic advisor, Ashleigh Barry, in answer to questions about the secretary of the public plans in the coming days.
Shulkin’s fate is in doubt since a sweltering February report by the VA’s internal watchdog that found he had improperly accepted, Wimbledon tennis tickets and his staff had forged e-mails to justify his wife on a trip to Europe, with him on taxpayer costs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Edmund Initiative is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.