California Has Mismanaged Its Veterans Home Properties, Audit Finds

The Los Angeles Times reported that according to a state audit, eight residential facilities designated for veterans have been “mismanaged” by the California Department of General Services (DGS). The head of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) agreed with the audit findings and stated that the department would make changes. Veterans injured because of the mismanagement can contact a California personal injury attorney to discuss their legal rights.

How Were the Properties Mismanaged?

The eight residential facilities benefit California military veterans by providing medical care and rehabilitative care for veterans. According to the state auditor, property at the veterans homes had been leased to third parties for a variety of purposes, including a golf course and theater for decades. The funds generated through leases should benefit the veterans homes; however, that does not appear to be the case.

Key points from the audit report are:

  • DGS and CalVet did not ensure that all leases entered into for veterans home properties were in the best interests of the home. Some leases were for longer terms than allowed by state law.
  • CalVet allowed four tenants to occupy the property without entering a written agreement, which could expose the State to liability. CalVet also failed to collect rent from the tenants.
  • Leases for employee housing did not have sufficient terms to protect the State from liability. The leases also lacked other key terms that would protect the State’s interests.
  • CalVet failed to develop and implement procedures and policies to ensure leases complied with state law, even though there had been previous problems with third-party use of the property.
  • CalVet did not include lease revenue in annual reports as required by law.

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) said that California veterans homes were exploited and short-changed.

State Veterans Homes Provide Important Services

Thousands of veterans depend on the services provided for veterans home throughout the country. These homes are located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Homes provide nursing home care, adult day health care, and domiciliary care. Eligibility for services depends on available openings in homes and critical need. Some homes also provide services to gold star parents and non-Veteran spouses.

Deciding to move into a veterans home can be difficult. A veteran may need to work with the veterans’ caregiver, physicians, and social workers to determine what is best for the veteran based on the veteran’s needs.

Contact California Personal Injury Attorney for More Information

If you or a loved one is injured or harmed at a veterans home, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, losses, and damages. Several different incidents, accidents, and situations may give rise to a personal claim injury. To determine if you have a valid claim against DGS, CalVet, or another party, consult a California personal injury attorney. The attorney will review your situation, provide answers to your questions, and explain your legal rights and options. Contact the legal team at J&Y Law today to learn about your legal options.