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Some military veterans are being forced to leave their nursing home. It's an unintended consequence of President Obama's executive order in February to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Sandy Franks, public affairs officer at Shreveport's Overton Brooks V. A. Medical Center, explains that nursing homes that have contracts for subsidized care from the Veterans Administration become federal contractors. If they refuse to raise their wages, their contracts will not be renewed.

Former Marine A.J. Crain just wheeled himself into his new room at Shreveport Manor on Mansfield Road when he got the news that the home's contract will end this month.

"We fought all your wars, and now we're broke. Where do we go from here?" Crain asks.

"We gotta go. Simple as that. We gotta go," says Vietnam War Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient John Washington.

"I think it's very wrong. I think it's very distasteful," Washington goes on to say about Shreveport Manor's decision. "I mean some of these people here work their backsides off to keep this place going," he said, pointing to a woman changing his bed.

Shreveport Manor is owned by Gamble Guest Care. Their Chief Operating Officer says if they raise wages for workers there, they have to do that at all eight of their facilities.

In a statement, Gamble COO Matt Machen said, in part, "The additional labor expenses are simply unaffordable. As such, many long term care providers have indicated that they will no longer seek or renew V.A. contracts."

Franks at the V.A. agrees that this has the potential to be a national problem as more V.A. contracts with nursing homes expire.

"We will deal with it on a case by case basis," Franks says. "We will work the families and try to provide the most convenient, and the nursing homes that are up to our standards to take care of our veterans."

"I'm not too happy over the situation," grumbles former Navy sailor Charles Shufflin at Shreveport Manor.

Shufflin hasn't even bothered unpacking his boxes of belongings since he has a place to go. His daughter Vickie Carrington is making room at her house.
"For my dad, I love him," she says, kissing him on the forehead.

"I'm not so worried about myself," Shufflin says, "but the veterans that have no place to live."

"There's a lot of people out there that have fought for our country," Carrington adds, choking back tears. "And the ones that don't have family members to take them in to take care of them, where are they going to go?"

The V.A. says they'll look for space at other V. A. nursing homes, war veterans homes, or veteran community living centers.

Gamble's Machen says the company will try to keep its veterans in place by looking for other forms of reimbursement, such as Medicare and Medicaid. He says only about one percent of their residents are affected.

Shufflin and Crain had just moved into Shreveport Manor from Rose View Nursing Center across the street, after the V.A. recently deemed Rose View had fallen below V. A. standards. So those vets would be moving for the second time in as many months.

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PoliticsNation commented on Friday, May 09, 2014 at 23:18 PM

Unfortunately, your posting a lie again. I'm from Louisiana and I have a relative that works at that particular nursing home. The agency is a private contractor that doesn't want to pay the workers more because he feels it would cut into his profits! He can afford to pay them but he doesn't feel they deserve it! In fact I encourage you to follow the story because he's really blowing smoke. Relatives of the veterans have started to make plans to place love ones at other facilities-he is now backtracking and telling family members that they have nothing to worry about.....It did make a good story for his conservative buddies.

I encourage you to research your stories before you post them. It's more to just posting a feel good party for your base.

I don't post every story I see because I research them and find there is often more to the story and it's misleading.

Take time and do your homework.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 16:26 PM

PN, you're right there's always more to the story even what you have just ranted about. Do you know what there profit margins are have you checked their books? Without knowing their profits and their profit margins even you don't know if they can afford it. When the economy is good everyone that's willing to take the necessary responsibilities and do what is needed profits. Since I retired from the military in 2004 and worked in the private sector for 10 years I understand and is living proof of free market principles. For a example I make 108.9% more money from my employer than I did 10 years ago, while during the same time frame my military retirement has went up only 27.5%. Additionally from 2004-2009 I averaged 5,0-8.0% raise each year under the Bush economy from 2010-2014 my raises have fallen from 2.0-3.5% under Obama. You can't force businesse to pay what you feel like they should, the free market does this better than any bureaucrat. When business and corporations make profits they pass it along to there backbone; the workers.

HMJC commented on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 13:05 PM

I would have to concur with Funky on this. A company is demonized if they strive to make a sustainable profit for the services provided. This no different than the insurance plans mandates are pricing the medical profession out of services provided due to the negative cost benefit analysis. A company or medical provider is labeled as an evil money grubber that is evil incarnate if they do not bend to many flawed provisions of the not so affordable health care act... Things cost money folks; I don't work for free nor do I expect anyone else to do so. Keep in mind, just because you pay someone a predetermined wage; it does not mean the level of expertise is any better.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 09:19 AM

(repost)This isn’t about the president screwing the vets, its about the rich screwing the vets. Those nursing homes are stopping the people who work there from having a better life for there family’s and when you have unhappy employees you usually don’t have the best quality of service.. And the vets are caught in the cross fire .Its the company running those nursing homes pushing them out and doing the disservice to vets. You try raising a family on 7.25 an hr.

HMJC commented on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Minimum wages are based on skill sets and difficulty of the task being performed. If a legitimate situation predicates higher pay based on the complexity of the job; it is warranted.

Saying that one who possesses a basic skill set with a low level of individual responsibility deserves the same pay as someone performing at a higher level is preposterous.

Somehow it is always the riches fault, not the lack of effort to try and improve ones skill sets and experience.

In many cases this forced wealth distribution as opposed to a "fair" wage for the level of expertise required.

I started out working for $3.75 and hour. I supplemented this by working two other jobs to make ends meet. Did it suck? Hell Ya! However it also motivated me to strive to build skill sets and experience that would enable me to increase my earning potential.

Flipping burgers is not a $12-$15 dollar an hour job period. As far as the nursing home position; we do not know what level of competency was required. Like it or not, minimum wage might be appropriate.

Someone who is making minimum wage has a choice; the choice to continue to perform at entry wage employment or to strive to improve their situation.

The bottom line is that an individual effort is required to reach the next income bracket.

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