Veteran who died waiting for ambulance ID'd

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Updated: 7/07 4:35 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria — 500 yards from the emergency room — died after waiting around 20 minutes for an ambulance has been identified.

The family of 71-year-old Jim Napoleon Garcia released Vietnam War veteran's name on Monday and declined to comment further.

Hospital officials confirmed it took between 15 to 20 minutes for the ambulance to be dispatched and take Garcia from one building to the other, which is about a five minute walk.

VA spokeswoman Sonja Brown says Kirtland Air Force Medical Group personnel performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.

She says staff followed policy in calling 911 when the man collapsed last week. She says that policy is under review.

Garcia's wife, Carol, says the couple moved to Albuquerque in 1994 from North Hollywood, California.

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