My husband voluntarily admitted himself to the VA today. Because of his size he's over 6 ft tall that 260 they escorted

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Customer: My husband voluntarily admitted himself to the VA today. Because of his size he's over 6 ft tall that 260 they escorted him in the back of a sheriff's car instead of an ambulance. He is asked to leave multiple times and is maintained control of himself he is suicidal but the current situation in the city Atlanta Georgia VA mental ward is not helping that. They will not let him out until the doctor evaluates him in the morning I'm afraid he may snap by then. It freaks him out when people are watching him because that's how people watch them before an IUD went off in Afghanistan and Iraq. He had a buddy from the core that also went to this facility a few months ago and the day he got out he killed himself. Is there anything I can do to try to get him out of there tonight some kind of injunction something or at least get him transferred to a better facility Emory VA Atlanta or on over to Augusta just somewhere other than that shithole.
JA: Have you talked to a JAG attorney about this? Or anyone in the chain of command?
Customer: No, I don't know where to turn. I called the crisis lines but they're no help they think he's right where he needs to be.
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Customer: Yes he went to the VA in Carrollton Georgia first thing this morning and voluntarily checked himself in because he was having suicidal thoughts and violent thoughts. He told them the truth his father who was a decorated Navy veteran passed away in December and I believe he is in the anger stage of grief. He has been having violent thoughts for days now and he has composed his self even when being ambushed by other family members and I have video evidence that he can keep his cool and control himself.
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Hello. My name is ***** ***** I’m a Just Answer legal expert with nearly 20 years of experience. Your question is very important to me. We’re going to do our very best to get you the help you need today and get this resolved for you.

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I’m very sorry you have to deal with this difficult situation. I do want you to know that being over 6’ tall is not a reason someone is taken in the back of a Sheriff’s car rather than an ambulance. Concern for safety would be a reason that is done, as would being under arrest (thought it doesn’t sound like you’re saying he was under arrest, so at least that is a positive).

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You indicated that he is suicidal. If that is the case, he’s most definitely not going to be released right now.

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No, he wasn't under arrest.
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Can be transferred to a better facility?
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Olivia, Expert

And if you are concerned that he is going to “snap“ by then, that means that he is exactly where he needs to be.

He is either a danger to himself or others, if he is close to “snapping.“

Unfortunately, while he is on an involuntary hold, moving to a “better facility” is probably not much of an option.

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But he voluntarily check himself in?
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He has issues with being watched. When he's watched he flashes back to iuds going off.Have you been to war?
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Unfortunately, someone can voluntarily check themselves in and be unable to check themselves out because they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

I have never been to war, but the good thing is that it’s not required in order to be able to provide a legal answer to your question. If he is a danger to himself or others, the law says, he can be held involuntarily for 72 hours.

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The law is bullshit
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Olivia, Expert

I can’t speak to what he’s going through, but the law still allows him to be held for 72 hours because whether or not he is a danger to others, he is still deemed a danger. So a medical professional would have to state otherwise in order for him to be released.

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And I understand that you are frustrated with the law, but I hope you understand that I’m simply trying to share it with you. The legislature makes the law; I do not.

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Hi there. This is Olivia from JustAnswer.com. I just wanted to circle back to you to see how you’re doing … and to see if there’s anything else I can answer for you. If so, please respond to this message and I’ll be happy to assist you further. My goal is to make sure my answer is clear and you have all of the information you need. Even if it’s not necessarily good news. I cannot always respond immediately, but I can assure you that I will respond just as soon as I’m able.

 Thank you for trusting us with your legal questions. 

Take care & stay safe! - Olivia 

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