DAILY NEWS JOURNAL: MURFREESBORO VA A STEP CLOSER TO RENAMING FACILITY IN HONOR OF LATE VETERAN
Mufreesboro -- The House of Representatives unanimously passed Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ bill to rename the Murfreesboro Veterans Affairs mental health facility to honor a veteran who killed himself, bringing it one step closer to enacting the formal name change.
If the bill is passed by the Senate, the facility will be renamed the Sergeant John Toombs Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility, in remembrance of Tennessee Army National Guard Sgt. John Toombs, an Afghanistan War veteran who killed himself on the VA's grounds in November 2016. Toombs sought counseling and treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and addiction, but said in a video he posted to Facebook before his death that he was refused the help he needed.