Grand Rapids Home for Veterans http://michiganradio.org en Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-michigans-veterans-get-benefits-theyve-earned <p>This Veterans Day, Michigan has <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/11/michigan_ranks_last_among_stat.html">the dubious distinction</a> of having its military veterans among those receiving the least government benefits of any in the 50 states.</p><p>Michigan’s more than 650 thousand veterans get about $3,400 on average in benefits compared with a national average of nearly five thousand dollars a year.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:53:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15195 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned Democrats want investigation into quality of care for veterans after worker privatization http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-want-investigation-quality-care-veterans-after-worker-privatization <p><strong>Update 4p.m.</strong></p><p>The home’s administrator Sara Dunne says the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs just completed an annual inspection of the home in April. “They will not leave the homes if they feel there’s sub-standard being provided,” Dunne said.</p><p>There is no abuse and neglect going on at the home,” Dunne said, “There’s very strong language of what abuse and neglect is in long term care and there have been no instances of that at all.”</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:35:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13299 at http://michiganradio.org Democrats want investigation into quality of care for veterans after worker privatization State budget could boost funding for Michigan's veterans' homes http://michiganradio.org/post/state-budget-could-boost-funding-michigans-veterans-homes <p>Veterans' homes in Michigan could see an increase of about $1.7 million in next year's state budget.</p><p>Jeff Barnes is the director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs agency.</p><p>"The state is currently ill equipped to deal with some of the metal health challenges that some of our veterans face," Barnes said. "This is an investment that we feel is good for the members of the homes but it is also starts to helps us deal with some of the future care concerns that we have."</p><p>The extra funds could also help "increase the number of skilled nursing that we have to also address some of the issues we have with mental health and psychiatric care in the homes and then put some additional controls in place to make sure we are doing our do diligence with pharmaceutical controls" says Barnes.</p><p>The budget is expected to see a vote in the legislature in the coming weeks.</p><p><em>-Lindsay Hall, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:37:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12774 at http://michiganradio.org State budget could boost funding for Michigan's veterans' homes Revamping vets' services http://michiganradio.org/post/revamping-vets-services <p>Michigan's new <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/">Veterans Affairs Agency</a> director says the state needs to do a better job connecting its nearly 700,000 veterans to services.</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 20:35:18 +0000 Associated Press 12042 at http://michiganradio.org Revamping vets' services State issues pink slips to 144 nursing assistants at home for veterans http://michiganradio.org/post/state-issues-pink-slips-144-nursing-assistants-home-veterans <p>This week nearly 150 nursing assistants are getting laid off at a state-run home for veterans.</p><p>The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is one of two state-run hospitals for veterans in Michigan. More than 700 veterans are housed there.</p><p>“It’s a continuation of a process that we started back in October 2011,” said Suzanne Thelen, Public Information Officer for Michigan’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:13:57 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10901 at http://michiganradio.org State issues pink slips to 144 nursing assistants at home for veterans Court of Appeals says Governor can privatize nursing assistants at home for veterans http://michiganradio.org/post/court-appeals-says-governor-can-privatize-nursing-assistants-home-veterans <p>Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s plan to save money by privatizing nursing assistants at a state-run home for veterans is legal. The state&rsquo;s Court of Appeals <a href="http://coa.courts.mi.gov/documents/OPINIONS/FINAL/COA/20120802_C306739_51_306739.OPN.PDF">issued the decision Friday</a>.</p><p>The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is one of two state-run hospitals for vets in Michigan. More than 700 are housed there.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder privatized about 170 nursing assistants at the home last year to save around $4 million.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:07:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8546 at http://michiganradio.org Court of Appeals says Governor can privatize nursing assistants at home for veterans