A long line at the old soldiers home

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It is an axiom of modern American politics that everyone must profess, loudly and in unison, that they "support the troops." But how does the rhetoric stack up against the facts? Consider the plight of veterans who, owing to old age and infirmity, require skilled nursing care. At the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis, applicants for beds in the nursing home wing typically must wait between 10 and 12 months for one to open up. The 314 veterans on the waiting list alone could nearly fill the total number of beds available (341). Steve Musser, executive director of the Minnesota Veterans Homes, says circumstances have improvement from six months ago when the list hit 400. But Musser acknowledges the need to shorten the wait. After all, it's not as if the the typical veterans home user has that much time left: at an average age of 78, a majority of residents in the skilled care ward suffers from either Alzheimers or dementia. That fact notwithstanding, Minnesota's five veterans homes have had limited success in their appeals to the state legislature to expand services and facilities. Last session, for instance, lawmakers rejected a request for 21 new beds at the veterans home in Fergus Falls and approved just $5.5 million of the overall $17.6 million in projects submitted for consideration under the bonding bill. "Obviously you don't get everything you ask for," Musser adds. "But we wish more of these projects were funded. We'll just have to keep at it."

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ppalmer597
ppalmer597

If there are empty beds then those establishments are under staffed, first things first. Staff, and remember its not about the money, its about how well you treat those who will be responsible for lighting this candle. This isn't rocket science. When gov. Officials deal in billions monthly, 25 million is annoying. I would rather be immortalizing myself elsewhere..

This problem was for seen before the war in the east. So my question is why the need for a large body count,

ppalmer597
ppalmer597

Why don't they build a new one, and add 100 new beds to each of the five. Wishful thinking. The governing bodies way is to wait until the body count is annoying, the citizens nausated and rethinking their next voting strategy. Then a massive construction project unfolds and the masses are elated and phrase those responsible for the gift. The problem with this is you still have a virus. So unless you enjoy these lengthy gov. Games, change it.

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