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Disgruntled veteran lights himself on fire to protest VA at Georgia Capitol

A veteran set himself on fire Tuesday with gasoline and fireworks in front of the Georgia state Capitol in an act of protest, officials said.

The 58-year old from Mabelton, Georgia, had been "disgruntled" with Veteran Affairs, according to Commissioner Mark McDonough of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper quickly put out the fire with an extinguisher, and the man was taken to a nearby hospital, McDonough said. About 90 percent of the man's body has been burned, according to local reports.

Authorities did not identify the man or provide details on why he was unhappy with VA but said he was able to speak during...

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