Vietnam Vet Commits Suicide Outside of VA Medical Center
From the Times-Leader in Pennsylvania:
Friends of John Frasso were coming to terms Tuesday a day after the Vietnam War veteran they called "Gunship" took his own life outside the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township.
They wondered why Frasso, who enjoyed making children laugh and giving more than he received, shot himself with a .45-caliber handgun. A note apparently written by Frasso, 61, of Nescopeck, explained he was protesting the war in Afghanistan, Luzerne County Coroner Dr. Jack Consalvo said.
"He had the demons of Vietnam," said Nancy Verespy, executive director of Veterans of Vietnam War Inc., in Pittston. "The last time I talked to him, he said he will decide when it's time. And he knew it was his time to go."
Childhood friend Ed Jackson believed Frasso wasn't protesting the war in Afghanistan, but was making a statement about the growing number of young men and women getting injured and medical treatment offered to them at VA hospitals.
"It was a statement what he did in front of the VA," Jackson said. "He always felt the VA was screwing people bad. He hated seeing young servicemen getting killed or coming back injured and getting inadequate treatment."