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State hearings continue in problematic GR vets audit

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Michigan lawmakers continue examination of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, following a problematic state audit.

Formal hearings for the Michigan Office of the Auditor General’s report began in Lansing last week.

The audit found falsified care records, staffing level concerns and improper handling of medications and complaints of abuse or neglect, among other issues.

A joint House meeting of the committees for Oversight and Ethics and Military and Veterans Affairs discussing the report is scheduled Thursday morning.

The Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security committee hears public testimony related to audit findings on Thursday afternoon.

Jeff Barnes, the former head of the state veterans affairs agency, resigned following the audit’s public release last month.

Governor Rick Snyder appointed chief legal counsel and former judge James Redford as the interim head later that day.

State and agency officials have acknowledged audit results and said the brunt of concerns were already in the process of getting fixed.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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