Just a few of the most recent reports, to get quickly buried!!
Why they get scant coverage in any of the States when brought to light and most certainly not brought up publicly by the peoples representatives in the state legislatures, especially if conservative and in control! Not, oft repeated as nothing was done previously and from hearings on, addressed by Congress and led by the likes of Rep Miller of FL in the House and the likes of a Sen Burr in the Senate when he was ranking Republican and Senate leader, when they control, on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Where they can grab that, Poser, patriotic ring of, phony, support for the few that serve the many! The FOX, not the news and certainly not journalism, and the many, FOX speak, parrots of totally ignore as well, as does the Country served!
January 30, 2016 - As the burial rate rises at North Carolina’s state-managed cemeteries for veterans, officials say they’re embarrassed by how bedraggled some have become.
And that’s inspiring a push for more spending — although some legislators are looking at alternatives.
Just this month, Gov. Pat McCrory publicly apologized to the family of a Marine who, before he succumbed to leukemia, had told his mother he didn’t want to be buried in the Jacksonville state veterans’ cemetery. Michael Boffo, who died in August 2014, had deemed the grounds a “mess” after touring the site for a dignified plot, and chose to be buried in Virginia, the family says. read more>>>
Meanwhile, as Sec Shinseki was brought into the Obama Administrations cabinet, to run the VA, it stated addressing long ignore and outright denied veterans issues, including upgrading National Cemeteries and adding New, some in States that never had for the Veterans of. Even upping what was being given to the States to help them, supposedly, maintain the State run Cemeteries. With the much needed help from the Administration and the rest of it's Cabinet, certainly not getting Congressional help from any of the Conservative, obstructionists, peoples Representatives, blocking all coming from the Administration. What Sec Shinseki started, thankfully, is continuing under Sec MacDonald and still with the Administrations help!
February 19, 2016 - The state announced Friday that Jeff Barnes, a former campaign manager to Gov. Rick Snyder, resigned as director of the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency after a scathing audit cited staffing shortages and mishandling of abuse complaints at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
Snyder said in a news release the audit findings are “deeply troubling” and that veterans deserve the best care that the state can provide.
Snyder said he accepted the resignation of Barnes, who headed the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, which oversees the Michigan Veteran Health System that supervises the home.
Barnes, who managed Snyder's first campaign for governor in 2010, will be reassigned under Major General Gregory J. Vadnais, adjutant general and director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, which oversees the veterans agency, Snyder said. read more>>>
February 19, 2016 - Lawmakers said Thursday they were disturbed after seeing a draft of a highly critical state audit, released Friday, that cites staffing shortages and mishandling of abuse complaints at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
The Free Press first reported on the audit by Michigan Auditor General Doug Ringler Thursday after obtaining a two-page draft summary.
Care by nursing assistants was privatized at the facility in 2013 as a cost-cutting measure, but the home is chronically understaffed, the report said. And 90% of the abuse and neglect complaints the auditor surveyed were not forwarded to the nursing director, as required, the report said.
Also, state employees at the home mishandled prescription medication, the report says. read more>>>
And thanks to the recently departed LA Gov Jindal, with the Louisiana Republican Legislature and the residents served of full support:
February 19, 2016 - Louisiana Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland told lawmakers his agency can limp through the rest of this fiscal year under midyear budget cuts, but warned potential cuts next year could wipe out the department.
"Basically if we don't receive some relief our department would cease to exist as we know it," Strickland testified to members of the House Appropriations Committee this week.
But he also came bearing gifts — $5 million returned to the state to help offset the $940 midyear deficit — which was noted by Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, and Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne. Both will ultimately have a say in next year's allocation to the agency.
That $5 million came from surplus generated at the state's five Louisiana Veterans Homes in Bossier City, Monroe, Reserve, Jennings and Jackson. read more>>>