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Veteran charged with threatening Fayetteville VA hospital

Posted February 4, 2015

Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center

— A Fayetteville man faces a federal charge of threatening the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Ryan Broderick, of 3830 Marksbury Drive, called a VA Health Resource Center in Topeka, Kan., on Jan. 29, became agitated during the call and started threatening physicians and nurses at the Fayetteville VA hospital, according to federal court records.

"Every day that goes by, I get angrier and angrier, and I want to (expletive) kill people," an FBI affidavit to obtain an arrest warrant quotes Broderick as saying. "If I don't get some (expletive) help soon, I will come to the (expletive) VA and start shooting that (expletive) up. I'm not talking about patients. I'm talking about doctors and nurses. I will come down there and kill you and everybody in that place."

The call was transferred to a VA Crisis Line, and Broderick again threatened staff at the hospital, adding that he had a gun stored in his vehicle, according to the affidavit.


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  • Larry Lynch Feb 5, 2015
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    ***follow up*** I had to notify the patient advocate, I forget her name- last yr. She jerked a knot in someone becuz for that particular issue- she resolved it an resolved it immediately, and expressed to me her EXTREME DISPLEASURE how the staff was handleing the issue...... so I GIVE A SHOUT TO THE PT'S ADVOCATES OFFICE for a job well done.

  • Larry Lynch Feb 5, 2015
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    being an active patient of the Fayetteville va for the last 7 yrs I can attest to the lousy, in your face attitude displayed by many many of the staff. now I am a fairly mellow laid back guy- but I myself have been known to "express yo self" at the va staff - becuz of long wait times- unreasonably so, attitude of staff- which is usually pretty poor.

    so you can sum it all up to-- the head honcho down there needs to make some major attitude adjustments in reference to staff. aint no one immune to getting terminated when appropreiate.

  • whiffleball Feb 5, 2015

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    That's good, but don't for one minute think because your husband gets respectful treatment that everyone else does. He is the exception rather than the rule. As a veteran and retired VA employee (having worked two years in Fayetteville VA) I can attest to the fact that surly, dismissive, lackadaisical, entitled employee attitudes and behaviors is endemic. Constant increases in the VA budget, changing the cabinet post every year, political machinations, will do nothing to change this basic, overwhelming infection that affects every aspect of 'care'.

  • Smiling&Nodding Feb 4, 2015

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    Don't enlist, problem solved. Mistreatment of the military isn't a new concept.

  • Smiling&Nodding Feb 4, 2015

    Yes, blame the employees not the system.

  • jmurray53 Feb 4, 2015

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    I'm a Vet and the Fayetteville VA staff IS rude

  • ILSW13 Feb 4, 2015

    He obviously needs help, which he's not getting.... SMH. Another one falling through the cracks..

  • Terry Watts Feb 4, 2015
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    The guy needs help, not criminal charges...

  • gmommaopinion Feb 4, 2015

    And women still marry these guys? *scratches head*

    Married to my veteran for 36 years and looking forward to #37.

  • gmommaopinion Feb 4, 2015

    VA so I would call it a win for him.

    Really? My husband has never has a problem with the VA hospital. Its all about attitude and respect for one another. He is not the only that has served our country. He needs to realize that.