. . . When initially asked about the email, Paul responded, “Oh my goodness.” She then referred a reporter to the hospital’s public affairs department, which emailed The Star a statement on her behalf.
“I would like to sincerely apologize for the email message and I take full responsibility for this poor judgment,” Paul said. “I have put my heart and soul into my work with Veterans for many years. I hold all Veterans and military personnel in the highest regard and am deeply remorseful for any hurt this may have caused.”
Julie Webb, a Roudebush spokeswoman, said administrators were made aware of the email “a couple of months ago.”
“The email is totally inappropriate and does not convey our commitment to veterans,” she said. “We apologize to our veterans and take suicide and mental health treatment seriously, striving to provide the highest quality.”
Webb said the issue was “administratively addressed.” She declined to provide specifics, citing employee confidentiality.
Paul remains employed at the hospital and continues to manage the clinic, earning an annual salary of $79,916. She received a $2,000 performance bonus in 2013, records show. More recent bonus information was not immediately available . . .Not surprisingly, Veterans organizations are extremely upset by the employee's actions. Ken Hylton, commander of the Indiana American Legion, called the employee's actions a "slap in the face" and "a disgusting display of mockery." He called for Paul's firing, which obviously didn't occur.
UPDATE: Not directly related, but Jonathan Turley has a blog entry this morning about a Florida police officer who was fired and now faces criminal charges because he sent an image of a suicide victim to his ex-girlfriend. The officer was in the midst of a custody battle with his ex-girlfriend when she turned the image he had sent to her over to his superiors after she asked him how his week was going.