Armed Forces News

AMVETS (American Veterans), the Maryland-based national veterans’ service organization, is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to address significant problems in the nursing homes the agency operates.

The AMVETS stance was triggered by recent reports published by USA Today and the Boston Globe that revealed an internal VA report concluded that many of the homes were rife with poor treatment of residents and unsuitable conditions.

“The VA’s list of underperforming nursing homes is alarming enough, but the stories being reported about the treatment of some individual veterans at these facilities are nothing short of horrifying,” AMVETS National Commander Rege Riley said. “[VA] Secretary [Robert] Wilkie may not have been with the VA when problems with nursing homes first came to light, but he’s presiding over them now, and he needs to take swift and transparent action to fix this.”