Veteran kills himself outside Long Island VA hospital; congressmen call for federal probe

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NEW YORK — Two congressmen are calling for an investigation into the apparent suicide of a former Navy gunner on the grounds of a veterans’ hospital in New York.

Peter Kaisen, of Islip, was found dead of a gunshot wound Sunday in a parking lot at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport. He was 76.

His wife, Joan Kaisen, told Newsday her husband suffered from severe back pain caused by a car crash in the 1960s when he was a police officer.

U.S. Reps. Peter King, a Republican, and Steve Israel, a Democrat, sent a letter Thursday to the heads of the FBI and the Department of Veterans Affairs asking for a “transparent” investigation into Kaisen’s death.

Kaisen’s wife said doctors recently told him they couldn’t do more to alleviate the pain.