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Invesitgation needed at WI Veterans home



We need to do a better job making sure are military veterans are properly taken care of. We have witnessed a series of deaths at the Tomah VA hospital, where powerful drugs were being over-prescribed. That led to a series of new federal laws designed to ensure that we aren’t turning our war heroes into zombies. Now we are learning about the allegedly deplorable conditions at Wisconsin’s state-run veteran’s retirement home in King, Wisconsin. There are reports, uncovered by the Capital Times newspaper, that the facility is plagued by staff shortages, and there are allegations of negligence of those living there. There has been cost cutting at the retirement home, even as millions of dollars in surplus revenue from the facility has been diverted to other parts of the state budget. There are also allegations that the retirement home is using outdated medical equipment, and cutting back on group activities for veterans. The report has captured the attention of politicians on both sides of the aisle. Some, including La Crosse State Rep. Jennifer Shilling, are calling for a federal investigation into the state-run retirement home. Others, like Governor Walker, are calling for a state investigation. Either way, we need to get to the bottom of what is happening in King, and make sure that those who so proudly served our country get the proper care they deserve.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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