Veteran Leaders Call for Probe of Abuse Allegations at VA Nursing Homes

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Leaders of the nation's two largest veterans service organizations have called on VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to get involved personally in looking into allegations of abuse, nurses sleeping on the job and substandard care at VA nursing homes.

"While much of the media's attention has been on the proper implementation of VA healthcare legislation, we cannot forget about 46,000 mostly senior veterans who reside in these nursing homes," American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad and Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander B.J. Lawrence said in a joint statement Wednesda

Reistad and Lawrence, who represent more than four million veterans, cited a series of reports by USA Today and the Boston Globe on shortcomings in the rating systems for the more than 130 nursing facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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