39-year-old Army recruit dies during basic training

PFC Veronica L. Wynn (Facebook/Army)

A trainee going through basic training at Fort Jackson passed away at a local hospital, the US Army reported.

PFC Veronica L. Wynn, aged 39, suddenly became unresponsive during a regimented induction process in her company area on Monday afternoon.

Emergency services were quick to administer life-saving efforts and rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was declared deceased at 2:30 PM.

Wynn was training with the 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Maj. Gen. Jason E. Kelly, the commander of Fort Jackson, released a statement concerning the incident.

“Today is an especially sad day for Team Jackson after the loss of one of our newest Soldiers,” he wrote. “We extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends, and loved ones. We are providing comfort and assistance to her family and fellow trainees.”

Wynn was a resident of Hurtsboro, Alabama.

The Army confirmed that they informed Wynn’s immediate family about her untimely death.

Currently, authorities have initiated an investigation to determine the exact cause of her death.

The news of Wynn’s death has raised concerns amongst some in the public about what age is “too old” to enlist in the US Army.

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