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The shame of Holyoke: Why did 73 veterans die?

ProPublica takes a look at the Holyoke Soldiers Home:

Superintendent Bragged About VA Review of Short-Staffed Soldiers Home. Two Months Later, 73 Veterans Are Dead

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ProPublica does really excellent reporting on important topics, both on it's own and jointly with local newsrooms. I donate to them annually and encourage others to do the same.

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Follow the bonuses.

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No bonuses.

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Weren't these, like, old people? I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that it's OK to let them die now.

/s

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Profit over quality. Hard Stop.

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The place is owned by the state.

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Managers are rewarded for cost cutting just like their corporate peers.

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Yes BUT that was not the case here. This was a case of someone unqualified being pushed into the position by powerful family and friends and then desperately trying to cover his tracks when things fell apart.

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but that's not how state facilities work. The only bonuses management would get is if there is a surplus in the state budget.

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disgusting and heartbreaking...

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ALL elders should be treated with respect, but how shameful that our veteran care is so shoddy. If the government asks its citizens to go to war (or to unwinnable "conflicts" that drag out for decades), it should at the very least treat those that come back with the utmost compassion and care.

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Neglect and improper care.

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In America we have "thoughts and prayers" but little else. For example we like to thank first responders but some of them still can't feed their families

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... so even the most selfish can offer these with no cost to themselves.

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