A joint statement from Sen. Steve Sodders and Rep. Mark Smith of Marshalltown regarding investigation of Iowa Veterans Home
“A thorough, independent investigation has confirmed many of our fears about the mismanagement at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. It is shameful that our veterans were not receiving the respect and care that Iowans expected of the Iowa Veterans Home.
“The lengthy report by the Office of the Iowa Ombudsman focused primarily on the care, health and safety of the residents of the Iowa Veterans Home.
“It is fair to blame many of the problems and complaints on the management decisions by then Commandant David Worley and on Governor Branstad’s terrible decision of leaving Worley in charge despite repeated complaints and concerns raised by Iowa Veterans Home residents, family members, staff and veterans advocates.
“The departure of Worley was a first step toward improving conditions and the atmosphere at the Iowa Veterans Home. However, we continue to believe that more legislative oversight is needed to ensure that these and other problems don’t occur in the future. This includes strengthening Iowa’s whistleblower protections so that employees can come forward without fear of harassment, demotion or dismissal.”
“Our veterans deserve nothing less.”
State Senator Steve Sodders: (641) 751-4140
State Rep. Mark Smith: 641-750-9278