Mike Masterson (correctly) criticizes planned closure of LR veterans nursing home
July 11, 2012 3 Comments
Every so often, Mike Masterson really nails it. While I frequently disagree with his politics, Mike has a decent heart and a sense of justice. (I also think he has a pretty sharp wife, and I disagree with Laurie’s politics as well.)
Masterson’s topic concerns the injustice being perpetrated against 60 aged Arkansas veterans. The column is a copyright item in the Democrat-Gazette and runs behind a pay wall, so I can only post a small portion. You will get the picture.
Mike Masterson outlines how the former administrator of the Veterans Home in Little Rock was dismissed for wrongfully collecting nearly $600,000 from 18 veterans over a three-year period. This resulted in quite a housecleaning of administrators before the other shoe dropped.
But then comes the governmental response.
The 60 aged resident veterans of this home who served their nation honorably will be ushered out of their home and its doors closed forever.
Seems there just isn’t enough public money to repair the old home and operate it correctly and humanely.
Perhaps some will wind up in the only remaining veterans home, at Fayetteville (with an unenviable history of myriad deficiencies and violations).
Martha Deaver is the Director of Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents and Masterson grabbed a few juicy quotes from her.
“They are going to be placed in Arkansas nursing homes and taken away from their home and fellow comrades. The latest government data on Arkansas’ 233 nursing homes documents over 2,800 violations cited for actual harm or the potential for death to the residents.”
The state’s inspection surveys on the Little Rock Veterans Home show a relatively minimal number of violations when compared with the Fayetteville Veterans Home’s data during the past two years.
Mike does not much agree with my politics, but let me observe anyway that we, as a nation, seem to be very ready to start wars, spend endless sums of money, divert our precious resources into a completely unproductive venture, and put our uniformed men and women in grave physical danger with very little concern for economic or human cost. Why on earth can we not take care of the folks who have given so much, their physical and emotional well being, to the service of this great country?
Masterson notes the large state surplus, which might provide ample funds for necessary work on this otherwise acceptable facility. He also observes that there are probably plenty of ex-military folks who would cheerfully contribute money and muscle to the cause. I agree with Mike Master on both points. Let it be.