A military veteran says her regularly scheduled Veteran’s Affairs appointment for “high-level PTSD” was cancelled because of Mental Illness Awareness Week – a move of “irony” she says is part of larger problems with veterans’ health care.

Army Reserve Maj. Leslie Haines tells the Military Times she was turned away from her Northern Indiana VA Health Care System PTSD clinic appointment she’d scheduled months in advance, after being told the cancellation was because the staff was attending an inspiration speech for Mental Illness Awareness Week.

“Do they see the irony in that?” Haines said. “I was thinking, I’m glad it wasn’t National Suicide Prevention Day.”

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