Friday, March 11, 2016

State legislature hears testimony about Veterans home - and latest news..

MIRS Capitol Capsule Headlines
Barrett Wants AG To Investigate GR Vets Home For Abuse

The Attorney General needs to investigate the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans based on "disturbing" and "disgusting" testimony of abuse given to a joint House committee this morning, said House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Tom BARRETT (R-Potterville) and Rep. Holly HUGHES (R-Montague).

Also, two veteran advocates said they want two key state officials with oversight over the Grand Rapids Home removed for intimidating workers and residents to prevent them from blowing the whistle on the facility's poor conditions.

Jim DUNN, deputy director of service administration at the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), and LinoPRETTO, an appointed member of Gov. Rick SNYDER's Michigan Veterans Facilities Board of Managers, were fingered as threatening individuals.

Kooyers described her interaction with state administration as "bizarre." She alleged that Dunn, who oversees the administration of the state's two veterans homes, forbade her to speak to legislators about conditions at the home, telling her "Legislators will hear what I want them to hear."

Buckley testified that she was confronted by Pretto while leaving the Capitol building last week and stated that Pretto is a "bully" who "instills fear" in veterans staying under state care.
"He's a decorated veteran himself, but that doesn't give him the right to play God with our veterans," Buckley said.

The VMAA has no plans to make further leadership changes, said MVAA communications director Suzanne THELEN, regarding the removal of Dunn.
"We are making the changes that are necessary," said Thelen.

Well, Thelen had better take a look at removing Dunn. He is not trusted and seen as part of the problem and further testimony to be heard by the committee will further give evidence that he needs to be removed.


Want to remind everyone here. The people who contribute to this page do so at great risk. Under the old administration of the Vets home, any vet who lives at the home who is a friend of the authors of this page, would be targeted for reprisal, Aka, Guilt by association. This is why they can post anonymously. And why we do not want their ID's revealed at this time.
Anyone with a facebook ID can post here on the left side of this page.
It also concerns me that the new Director of the MVAA who is a lawyer has been asking about who we are. Maybe in time we will reveal ourselves, but for now, We plead the 5th, and 1st Amendments.


The Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC did an execelent article about Michigan and Rick Snyders problems. A 4 part article, 1st up was the fiasco at the Vets home.

Also Wood TV did an very good article about the Testimony given to the state legislature on Thursday 10 March 2016.

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