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307,000 Vets Died Waiting For VA Health Care

Report: 307,000 Veterans Died Waiting For Veterans Affairs Healthcare – Weasel Zippers


By the time the VA got around to it, they’d been dead for years.

(CNN) Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday.

The VA’s inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency’s system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past.

In a response to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ request to investigate a whistleblower’s allegations of mismanagement at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly marked unprocessed applications and may have deleted 10,000 or more records in the last five years.

In one case, a veteran who applied for VA care in 1998 was placed in “pending” status for 14 years. Another veteran who passed away in 1988 was found to have an unprocessed record lingering in 2014, the investigation found.

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Superhero Impersonator Died Wrapped In Three Rolls Of Cling Film And Nylon Sheet When Bizarre Sex Game Went Wrong

Superhero Impersonator Died Wrapped In Three Rolls Of Cling Film And Nylon Sheet When Bizarre Sex Game Went Wrong – Daily Mail

A superhero impersonator died after wrapping himself in three rolls of cling film and a red nylon sheet in a bizarre solo sex game which went wrong, an inquest heard.

James Lockless, 50, was discovered dead in his flat when police officers broke the door down after his friends and neighbours realised he was missing.

The officers found him dead in a dark room near three rolls of cling film and a weight-lifting bench in the property in Carshalton, Surrey.


Police officers initially thought the karate teacher and impersonator of the Marvel Comics character Wolverine may have been murdered.

When other officers arrived and cut the sheet off the body, they found cling film wrapped tightly around various parts of his body including his neck and ankles.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had died from autoerotic asphyxia, a coroner, sitting in Croydon, heard.

The alarm was raised when he failed to turn up for a karate lesson and his body was found.

Police found the body lying on its left hand side bound from head to toe in red nylon on the floor.

The officers had to cut three rolls of cling film attached to his body. It was around his ankles and other places including his neck.

In returning a verdict of misadventure, Coroner Dr Roy Palmer, said: ‘He managed to do what he did entirely on his own’.

Mr Lockless ran Sutton Martial Arts Centre at Sutton Grammar School. He began teaching karate after launching the centre, with his father, Syd, in the 1980s.

The sixth dan black belt had also worked as a lookalike of Marvel Comics superhero Wolverine.

Tragically for the family, Syd died last Friday, aged 78, of a suspected heart attack.

In its heyday up to 500 children and adults would learn at the centre each week.

Mr Lockless was also well-known as a doorman in Sutton who had worked at Chicago’s and Revolutions nightclubs.

His brother, Dave Lockless, said: ‘He was very friendly and always looked for the good in everyone.

‘He was an easy-to-get-on-with character.’

He said his family had been devastated by the double tragedy of losing his brother and his dad within days of each other.

A police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 3.30pm on Saturday, February 11, following reports of a missing person.

‘Officers attended an address at Devonshire Road, Carshalton, and found the body of a man.

‘London Ambulance Service was called and the male was pronounced dead at the scene.’

It is unclear how long Mr Lockless had been lying dead, although officers found a local newspaper on the doormat from three days beforehand.

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