Public offers feedback on Grand Rapids Home for Veterans audit

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LANSING, Mich. - For the first time since an audit shed light on mismanagement at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, the public had a chance to voice their concerns to lawmakers.

There were two hearings in Lansing Thursday - one before a House committee and the other in front of a committee from the Senate.  Those speaking today provided some tangible actions that they'd like to see happen in the near future.

  • Resignations - People were called out by name, including Governor Rick Snyder.
  • Ending Privatization - Bring the facility back to being staffed by a public workforce to address staffing issues and incompetence.
  • Oversight - Hiring an independent ombudsmen for residents and their families to lodge complaints.

Lawmakers and advocates also talked about holding future hearings at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, so lawmakers could hear directly from residents and families.

 

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3 comments

  • p216

    Hiring an independent ombudsman for this place won’t do any good. It’s just another waste of money. This crap has been going on for years, and everyone in Michigan knows about it. So they need to stop pretending how “shocked” and “outraged” they are, and start demanding criminal charges and prosecutions under the Michigan Penal Code. No one who works in health care and/or any nursing home – including Saint Mary’s Living Center and Spectrum Health facilities – should be above the law! That includes everyone from doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners to aides, administrators, risk management and public relations liars. What still troubles me is how why no one at these recent hearings was “outraged” back in 2005 when my elderly veteran father was abused neglected, murdered and then had his corpse desecrated at Spectrum’s Health’s Kent Community Campus. State legislators, so-called community activists, members of law enforcement and their lawyer buddies, and several veterans’ groups were all informed about what happened, and not one of them even gave a damn! The Kent County Honor Guard wouldn’t even show up at my father’s funeral. What’s wrong with that picture? Michigan is a horrible state. People here do not care.

    • Mac Zeff

      Interesting you should say that.. I attended the hearings and someone brought up the fact that it seemed everyone was good at telling us “thank you for your service” but when it came to helping veterans, no one would step up to the plate. He said he is tired of the lip service, and its time to get things right as Michigan was dead last (no pun intended) when it came to caring for its veterans and that our legislatures and our people should hang their heads in shame.

      Yes you are correct about the treatment of veterans at the home. Many of us who lived there will never forget what we saw, what happened, and we are very thankful we were able to escape that nightmare. You can take us out of it, but the memories will last the rest of our lives.