Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW Calls on VA to Fix Nursing Homes

Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW Calls on VA to Fix Nursing Homes

Article excerpt

VFW Commander-in-Chief B.J. Lawrence and Brett Reistad, the national commander of the American Legion, demanded in November that VA give immediate attention to its nursing home program. About 70 percent of VA homes received failing grades by the department's own rating system.

Lawrence and Reistad called on VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to improve those ratings. The call came after USA Today and The Boston Globe published articles about the failing grades. Donovan Slack of USA Today and Andrea Estes of The Boston Globe documented poor quality of care at a VA nursing home in Brockton, Mass.

Of the 132 VA nursing homes:

* 45 received one star, the lowest rating available.

* 47 received two stars.

* 16 received three stars.

* 15 received four stars.

* Nine received five stars, the highest rating. …

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