Wednesday, May 14, 2014

THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE! ONCE AGAIN OUR VETS SUFFER.


Vets Forced From Nursing Home by Obama Exec. Order
on May 13, 2014  SHREVEPORT, La -

Some military veterans are being forced to leave their nursing home.  It’s an unintended consequence of President Obama’s executive order in February to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.

Sandy Franks, public affairs officer at Shreveport’s Overton Brooks V. A. Medical Center, explains that nursing homes that have contracts for subsidized care from the Veterans Administration become federal contractors.  If they cannot afford to raise their wages, their contracts will not be renewed.

Former Marine A.J. Crain just wheeled himself into his new room at Shreveport Manor on Mansfield Road when he got the news that the home’s contract will end this month. “We fought all your wars, and now we’re broke. Where do we go from here?” Crain asks.

Shreveport Manor is owned by Gamble Guest Care. Their Chief Operating Officer says if they raise wages for workers there, they have to do that at all eight of their facilities.

In a statement, Gamble COO Matt Machen said, in part, “The additional labor expenses are simply unaffordable. As such, long term care providers have indicated that they will no longer seek or renew V.A. contracts.”   

The V.A. agrees that this has the potential to be a national problem as more V.A. contracts with nursing homes expire.

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