Name VA mental health building in honor of vet who was turned away- Sgt. John Toombs

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Sgt. John Toombs served for 6 years in the Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011-12.  He came home with PTSD and struggled with substance abuse.  He entered the 90-day treatment program at the Murfreesboro, Tennessee V.A.

On November 22, 2016, he was kicked out of the inpatient treatment program.  He had been sober for 70 days when he was abruptly discharged for being late to get his medications.

When he was also turned away at the V.A. E.R., he uploaded a video to Facebook saying he had been kicked out "like a stray dog in the rain."  Then, in the future mental health building across from the E.R. that turned him away, he hung himself.

On May 24, 2017, Tenn. Rep. Scott DesJarlais introduced bill H.R. 2634 that would name the building where John took his life the "Sgt. John Toombs Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility". 

While the bill passed the House unanimously on Sept. 25, 2018, it unfortunately died in the Senate and needs to be reintroduced in the new congress.

By signing this petition, we respectfully ask Rep. Scott DesJarlais to reintroduce the bill, and we also ask each and every member of the House and Senate to vote in favor of renaming the Murfreesboro building in memory of Sgt. John Toombs, the veteran who was turned away when he needed help the most. 

May it stand as a promise to our veterans that we are listening and we will do better to prevent veteran suicide.



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