Thursday, November 27, 2014

Some have things to be thankful for, others still still suffer this Thanksgiving.

I've said it before on this blog. Michigan under Governor Snyder has disgraced the veterans at the Veterans home.

It is really a sad day in this great state, when state workers can cause the untimely death of veterans and get immunity for doing so.

When workers are directly responsible for causing an early death of a veteran and those in power threaten legal teams, or individuals who demand justice, we have another black mark on Michigan's record of how it treats its Veterans.

It should not take an act of God Almighty to be able to get justice for any reason, for any cause, for any damage, inflicted upon the families of Veterans by state workers.

While some people may have many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season, many others are still suffering from the loss of loved ones who were sent to their graves early by the actions of state workers.

Shame on Michigan.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Privatization Care Givers Quit in Protest at Veterans Home.

I am getting reports from several Veterans and a number of J2S workers, about this.
It has not yet been confirmed, but I keep hearing that 17 J2S health care workers (care givers) quit this week in protest of working conditions, bad management, and low pay; leaving the home short staffed with RN's having to do 1 on 1 care for veterans. Which for many, is something they have not had to do in years. 

The complaints I hear are having to do overtime when ever its demanded with little or no prior notice; difficult to do when you are a single parent and need to arrange extended child care. 

Another is poor management and supervision.

One J2s worker got written up for getting a lady veteran a drink of water because the RN's wanted the lady to do it herself. 

Another one said half the time they are told to do stuff they have not been trained to do, or told not to do the things they were trained to do. Many said that the frustration level is very high and that many of the workers are now saying it is not worth the low pay they are getting to put up with poor management and difficult veterans when they have a bad day. 

Many said they do not expect to be with J2S for more than 1 year.

This is NOT what James Dunn Deputy Director Michigan Veteran Affairs, keeps telling our state legislature. He keeps telling them that our guys are getting top quality care. This is not possible, if they have 17 people quitting at the same time for the same reasons. Privatization of the health care workers is NOT working. Our vets deserve better.


ANY former J2S worker who would like to come forward anonymously is encouraged to drop us a private note and tell us why they quit, and what their complaints are.  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Managers board announces new location for November meeting.

Apparently someone at the veterans home, or in this case,  one of the board members, Earnest Meyers who is a proven liar, is contacting people about attending this special board of managers meeting.

The message being sent to people reads:

The State of Michigan Veterans Homes (Grand Rapids & Marquette) Board of Managers Meeting will be held at a Special Location on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:30 p. m. at the Mayflowere-Lt. Gamble VFW Post 6695 located at 1426 S. Mill Street in Plymouth, MI.  Phone 734-459-6700.

ALL Veteran Organizations and Auxiliaries are invited to attend to attend this very important meeting to learn about (1) the operational functions of the two Veterans Homes, (2) learn about Veteran entitlements and eligibility on becoming a resident and (3) learn about opportunities for individuals and businesses to support the homes.  Please forward this email to your own directories, so everyone can mark their calendars for this November 19th Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Thank You
Ernie Meyers, Sr
Board Member 

No why would anyone want to go to this meeting?  We already know about the operational functions of the two Vets Homes ran  by the state of Michigan.  And any vet can go to any number of vet related locations and learn about their benefits and entitlements.  And who in the right mind would want to become a resident of the home considering what has happened to the GR home since 2010? I mean I understand a lot of them have no where else to go, and that is a shame.  Michigan is the first state to do such a dishonor to its Veterans. The home is a prison to many, where they will wither and die. And right now it's not even fit for a dog to die in. Heck, one dog even refused to eat the food offered to the Veterans, instead it cocked its leg on the bowel containing the main meal for that day.

And what is this learning about how individuals and businesses can support the home?   Sorry but isn't that what we are paying tax money for?  Or is this just yet another attempt to get more money for projects that are already funded, so that you can siphon off the funds to use elsewhere?

Either way, I don't like this. Something doesn't feel right about this.