G.I. Veterans' Home Hosts Petition Signing for Members Thursday
By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
Lincoln - Members of the Grand Island Veterans' Home will have an opportunity on Thursday to sign a member-generated petition regarding the future site of the Central Nebraska Veterans' Home.
A room has been set aside where members can sign the petition if they wish; however, the Veterans' Home is not able to accommodate the public for the signing.
"Our Veterans' Homes serve vulnerable populations," said Kerry Winterer, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services.
"In Grand Island, for example, nearly 72-percent of our members have active guardianships or powers of attorney appointed for them. At the end of July, 65-percent of the members are in skilled care, 20-percent in Alzheimer's care, and 15-percent in assisted living," said Winterer.
"We have a responsibility to ensure that members' rights are respected and protected, which is why we haven't allowed people to go room to room with petitions," he said. "When we heard that a member wanted to offer this petition, we designated a specific area for that purpose and posted the information for our members."