Texas senator promises to concentrate on homes for veterans
Senator Leticia Van de Putte , the head of a major Senate committee, recently made an announcement that she will take advantage of an immediate hearing to go over the operation of veterans homes run by the General Land Office. According to her, she will investigate why the management is not performing with an eye for quality care. Dallas News reports:
“This one lands a little close to my heart,” said Van de Putte, D-San Antonio. “We can do a much, much better job.”
The Land Office has said any problems were promptly fixed. And Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a Republicanseeking re-election, said before Van de Putte’s announcement that he’d “appreciate any increased scrutiny of the care provided to my fellow veterans.”
Patterson, a Marine who served in the Vietnam War, was a state senator in 1997 who wrote the law creating the veterans home program.
A division of the Land Office hires private companies to run seven nursing homes for veterans and their spouses. Of the seven, those in Amarillo and Big Spring, in West Texas, received the second-lowest-possible grades this year from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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