Half a dozen veterans groups are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to raise standards in its nursing homes in light following The Boston Globe and USA Today report about poor conditions.
Investigators from the VA’s Office of Medical Inspector found that “a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety exists” at the Brockton Veterans Affairs Medical Center nursing home, the Boston Globe reported last week.
The Globe and USA Today had previously detailed the VA’s internal rankings and data on its nursing homes in a report released last June.
American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad told the Globe that “anybody who respects veterans should be angered by this. America’s veterans deserve better.”
“The stories being reported about the treatment of some individual veterans at these facilities are nothing short of horrifying,” said Rege Riley, American Veterans, or AmVets, national commander.
He added that VA Secretary Robert Wilkie should “take swift and transparent action to fix this.”
The Legion and AmVets were joined in their call by Disabled Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America.
VA spokesperson Curt Cashour told the Globe that the department is “continuously striving to improve all of its healthcare facilities,” and arguing that VA nursing homes “compare well” to private ones.
“We look forward to briefing each of these groups in the near future regarding these crucial facts,” he said.
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