Tennessee lawsuit claims VA negligent in suicide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - October 12, 2011

The suit filed Tuesday in federal court in Greeneville says staff at the VA hospital in Mountain City didn't adequately treat Scott Walter Eiswert before his suicide at the age of 31. Eiswert, who served with the Tennessee National Guard, deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2005.

The lawsuit says that although he'd been diagnosed with PTSD by a private counselor, Eiswert's disability claims that his PTSD stemmed from his military service were denied by the VA.

A VA center representative in Mountain City couldn't be reached after business hours Tuesday for comment.

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