More details released on veteran’s death in hospital

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – We now know more about the veteran who died at a VA Hospital cafeteria recently in Albuquerque while he waited for an ambulance.

The family of 71-year-old Jim Napoleon Garcia – a Vietnam veteran – says he died while waiting for an ambulance to take him to the emergency room which was only 500 yards away.

Hospital officials say it took 15 to 20 minutes for an ambulance to be dispatched to take Garcia from one building to another.

VA spokeswoman Sonja Brown says staff followed policy in calling 911 after Garcia collapsed last week.

She went on to say that the policy is under review. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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