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Governor Orders Review of Veterans Homes

(Story created: 11/30/06)

Gov. Phil Bredesen is calling for an independent review of the state's veterans homes.

This comes on the heels of a NewsChannel 5 investigation into the two state-run nursing homes for vets.

NewsChannel 5 consumer investigator Jennifer Kraus first exposed some of the serious problems facing veterans in these homes.

The governor tells her he wants a top to bottom review of the veterans homes by an outside agency.

During the governor's budget hearings Thursday, Bredesen asked for an outside agency to come in and thoroughly examine the nursing homes in Murfreesboro and Humboldt.

He wants those outsiders to take a close look at how they're run and make recommendations.

What he wants is similar to what he ordered earlier for the state Department of Safety after serious problems surfaced there.

Our investigation into the state's nursing homes found residents who'd been neglected.

That led to the state's own investigation and then the governor firing the director.

"I think it's time to step back and say not only let's not only fix the problem at hand, but let's figure out how it developed in the first place and see if we can't short-circuit that from ever happening again," Bredesen told Kraus.

"My biggest concern is obviously the care of these veterans. They're elderly people. They're vets who are deserving of the best care we can possibly give them."

The governor asked the state's commissioner of veterans affairs to find out how much something like this would cost.

But Bredesen says he'd be willing to add it to the budget because he feels it's that important.

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