A local veteran attacked at a VA health care facility is finally getting answers.
The Prescott volunteer says a homeless veteran repeatedly smashed his knee with a flagpole. Richard Fournier says because of the attack, he's been trying to get care and more security at the front desk for months.
The Army Vietnam-era veteran was beaten so badly, he told us he was fading in and out of consciousness at the facility's information desk. His biggest concern, however, is not for himself. He is worried that without security, another volunteer could be more seriously injured than he was.
"I could see it in his eyes; he had that dead stare like he wanted to do some damage," Fournier said, recalling the attack.
While his bruises have healed, the brutal attack on March 14 is something Fournier will never forget.
Fournier says a homeless veteran became agitated and repeatedly beat him with a wooden flagpole.
"He broke it over his knees and then he started swinging and I said, 'Oh boy,'" Fournier said.
The 73-year-old suffered significant damage to his groin and knee, but says his requests for added security at the desk and to see an outside provider went unanswered for months.
We took his concerns to administrators.
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"I wasn't aware that Rich had a problem; neither was the leadership," Mary Dillinger, the public affairs officer at the Prescott VA, said. "That wasn't one of the issues that was [sic] addressed to us. If we were, we would have looked deeper into it to try and find out why he was waiting."
Fournier is now being scheduled for outside care and administrators say extra security will be implemented, both in the volunteer area and on the facility's campus. Copyright 2016 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.