Veteran beaten with flag pole at VA demanding more security

A Veteran volunteer at an Arizona VA Hospital was attacked by a fellow veteran, leaving the volunteer seriously injured and prompting him to demand better security measures.

Vietnam-era Army veteran Richard Fournier of the Prescott area says that a homeless veteran repeatedly smashed his knee with a flagpole on the 14th of March, according to CBS5AZ.

Beaten so badly that he said he was fading in and out of consciousness, Fournier says he was worried that others would be attacked by the homeless veteran, who became agitated and used a wooden flagpole against him.

“He broke it over his knees and then he started swinging and I said, ‘Oh boy,” Fournier said. “I could see it in his eyes; he had that dead stare like he wanted to do some damage.”

While the 73-year-old suffered considerable damage to his groin and knee, his requests for added security and outside medical provider care went unanswered for months.

When confronted by CBS5AZ, Prescott VA Public Affairs Officer Mary Dillinger said she wasn’t aware that Rich had a problem; neither was the leadership,” and that “That wasn’t one of the issues that was [sic] addressed to us. If we were, we would have looked deeper into it to try and find out why he was waiting.”

Fournier is now scheduled to see outside providers and provisions have been made to implement extra security across the facility.

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