A veteran has died after a brutally painful and violent suicide outside of a Veteran Affairs clinic in New Jersey.
On March 19th, Charles R. Ingram III, 51, was airlifted to the Temple Burn Center in Philadelphia after setting himself on fire outside a Northfield, New Jersey VA clinic, according to Press of Atlantic City.
The incident has received very little attention with the media and was not even covered by the local television news.
The Wilmington VA Medical Center issued a statement saying it was “saddened to learn about the tragic incident that took place outside of the Atlantic County Community Based Outpatient Clinic. … Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family, friends and neighbors.”
Ingram apparently used gasoline as the accelerant to set himself on fire at the VA clinic.
It is not known what Ingram’s motives were at this time as he did not leave a suicide note and his family has declined to speak with the press.
It can be speculated that it was done in protest of the Veterans Affairs’ widely publicized mal-practice and neglect of veterans that have occurred in recent years.
The most notably incident of a person setting themselves on fire in protest was in 1963 when a Buddhist monk, Thích Quang Duc, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in Saigon, Vietnam.
Thích Quang Duc was doused in gasoline and set aflame by a fellow monk while several photo journalists captured his suicide protest with pictures – making it one of the most historical matyrdoms.
John F. Kennedy said in reference to a photograph of the fire, “No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.”
The Northfield police are investigating the incident with the assistance of the VA medical center.
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