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Navy yard gunman treated at the Providence VA hospital for insomnia

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By Gilannie Pangburn

gpangburn@abc6.com

Twitter: @gilanniej05

On August 23rd Aaron Alexis walked into the emergency room at the VA medical center in Providence, complaining of insomnia.

After being examined, he was given a small amount of medication and told to follow-up with a primary care provider.

Just five days later the gunman visited the emergency at the VA medical center in Washington, D.C where he was given a refill to his medication.

Alexis, attributed his insomnia to his work schedule. According to the department of veterans affairs on both occasion the gunman was alert and oriented, and was asked by VA Doctors if he was struggling with anxiety or depression, or had thoughts about harming himself or others, all of which he denied.

In February 2011 he enrolled in VA medical health care and according to medical records he never sought a mental health specialist and either failed or canceled to show up for regular appointments.

Alexis filed for disability with the VA and was granted 20% disability rating by VA for orthopedic issues December 2011, which was then increased by 10% the following year for "Tinnitus". He received benefits in the amount of $395 monthly.

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