Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

April 9, 2009
Contact: Kirsten Knuth, (512) 463-0131

Statement from Senator Seliger on Reports of Abuse at the Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home

"The standards of care for elder Texans should be very high and, for our veterans, should be as exceptional as their sacrifice for our country. There are several different issues relating to the recent indictments at the veterans home in Big Spring that merit discussion and scrutiny. These include quality of care, the proper reporting and investigation of incidents of abuse, and particularly troubling, any obstruction of a criminal investigation of those incidents. No organization that impedes a criminal investigation should be allowed to operate a state facility.

I have communicated with the chairs of the Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and Military Installations and Health and Human Services, and both are aware of and concerned about the conditions in our veterans homes. With my strong support, they will take the lead in asking the tough questions of the Veterans Land Board and the Department of Aging and Disability Services, and see to it that any inadequacies or deficiencies in the quality of care and services, and investigation procedures are identified and remedied immediately."