a GOP Congress hopefuls and Afghanistan Two weeks after he withdrew his candidacy to represent New York’s 19th congressional district, he was found dead in a New York cemetery following a suspected suicide.
On Monday night, local police responded to reports of a ‘man down’ at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery before identifying the body as belonging to 41-year-old Kyle van de Water.
Though there has been no official statement about the cause of his death, police sources told a local outlet MidHudsonNews.com It is being investigated as a possible suicide.
Van de Water, 41, a lawyer and father of four children, served in the US military for eight years and ran unsuccessfully for Congress against Democrat Antonio Delgado in 2020, losing 11 percent in that race.
He was set to run again in 2022, but announced the end of his campaign in a Facebook post on 27 August, in which he wrote, “Circumstances have changed in my life and I am now able to give 110% to the effort.” Am. I am not capable.’
GOP congressional candidate and Afghanistan veteran Kyle van de Watter, 41, was found dead at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery on Monday night.
Van de Watter, 41, a lawyer and father of four children, served in the US military for eight years
Van de Waters grew up in Puffkeepsie and graduated from Speakenkill High School in 1998 before moving on to Albany Law School, from which he graduated in 2005.
He joined the US Army in 2006 and five years later, he earned a Bronze Star during his service in Afghanistan, followed by the Meritorious Service Medal and an honorable discharge in 2014, according to his website. He assumed the rank of Major and continued to serve in the Army’s Reserve JAG Corps.
According to his LinkedIn page, Van de Water was an attorney at Corby, Gartland and Rapelya in Poughkeepsie, and settled in Millbrook and served as a village trustee.
He was defeated by Delgado in the 2020 general election, where he secured around 44 percent of the vote. He announced that he would run again in July and campaigned for almost a month before withdrawing on 27 August.
In his Facebook post on the matter, he wrote, ‘I have been really humble and will always be grateful for the support I have received over the years. It is an honor for me to meet many of you when I toured the entire district.
He added, “Unfortunately, circumstances have changed in my life and I am no longer able to give 110 per cent for this effort. I have decided to withdraw my candidature for the betterment of the party and the district. I look forward to vigorously and enthusiastically supporting the GOP candidate in 2022.
His body was found at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Although no death has been confirmed, police sources said that it is being investigated as a possible suicide.
Van de Water unsuccessfully ran for Congress against Democrat Antonio Delgado in 2020
Duchess County Executive Mark Molinaro and Representative Antonio Delgado confirmed Van de Water’s death on social media.
Molinaro said he learned more about Van de Water during his run against Delgado last year. “My heart breaks for Kyle’s children and family,” he said in a statement. My prayers are with them as they try to come to terms with this horrific tragedy.
He continued, ‘Kyle was a war hero who put his life and welfare on the line for his country. We are indebted to him, his family and all our brave service men and women for their sacrifice in everything.
While the cause of Van de Water’s death is still under investigation, Molinaro offered resources for veterans and their loved ones who may be in distress, saying, ‘To all our service men and women who return home. But struggle. And for anyone struggling with this news, please now that help is always there for you.’
Delgado shared a similar sentiment, saying, ‘My heart breaks for Kyle and his beautiful family. We shared many conversations about family and country, and I walk away from each one knowing that he is deeply in love with both. I know he will be greatly missed, and I am praying for all who loved him – his friends, fellow soldiers and family.’
He continued, ‘Kyle’s death is deeply felt not only on a personal level, but also on a national level, as so many veterans across our country are leaving without the support and care that our great land deserves. Huh. Service is undoubtedly essential. We can and should do better. God rest Kyle’s soul. And God bless his family,’ Delgado said, including the number for a veterans crisis line: 1-800-273-8255.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2020 National Veterans Suicide Prevention Annual Report shows that 17.6 veterans died by suicide each day in 2018. In 2018, 326 active-duty soldiers died by suicide, 350 in 2019 by suicide, and 385 in 2020. Figures published by the US Pentagon.
For confidential assistance call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. Appeal