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Swimmer who died in Mississippi River was veteran turned away at VA, discharged from ER

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A military veteran who drowned in the Mississippi River after being rejected for treatment at a veterans’ facility and instead visited a hospital emergency room had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder since he served with the Army in the 1990s, his wife said.

Witnesses told police that they saw 49-year-old Shannon Shaw wade into the river at St. Cloud fully dressed on Monday afternoon. He started to swim and they said they lost sight of him when he was about halfway across. The witnesses dialed 911.


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