After 10 suspicious deaths at VA hospital, veterans demand answers. ‘It’s scary – really scary’

Veterans want answers over two homicides and a string of suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia

Ken Alltucker, USA TODAYUpdated 11:31 p.m. EDT Aug. 30, 2019Show caption

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – At the center of town, next to the aging stone courthouse, stand several war memorials.

Etched in granite are the names of 93 veterans awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded or killed in 20th century battles. A flag mounted atop fading concrete honors fallen heroes of the USS West Virginia, sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack that brought the country into World War II.

They’re similar to monuments in many small towns, a public declaration of the community’s patriotism.

Now, they’re a reminder of betrayal as authorities investigate about 10 suspicious deaths at the VA hospital a few miles away. Two of those deaths have been ruled homicides.