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'He was always here, and now he is not': Mom of veteran speaks out following his suicide in Dublin VA parking lot

A more than 300-page deposition details the events leading up to the suicide.

Wanya Reese

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Published: 11:52 PM EST December 23, 2021
Updated: 8:53 AM EST December 24, 2021

It's been more than two-and-a-half years since Navy Veteran Gary Steven Pressley died by suicide in the parking lot of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin. 

Legal documents say a serious car accident left Pressley with a fractured hip, pelvis, and chronic lower back pain. His family says he shot himself because he was in so much pain after his outside pain management doctor stopped seeing him and his VA doctor reduced his pain medicine. 

Recently, the United States paid his mother $1 million for 40 days of pain and suffering Pressley experienced before death, but court documents in the case show what her lawyer calls "negligence" in the VA system. 

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