By Telly Mamayek, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) — Two administrators at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Hastings are on paid leave and one person has been fired amid allegations of retaliation against patients.

Sen. Al Franken received letters from relatives of patients who feared retaliation if they complained about care at the facility.

He alerted the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, which took the disciplinary action pending the outcome of the investigation.

“I really commend Deputy Commissioner [Gilbert] Acevedo for taking action here,” said Franken.

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Franken called the allegations “shocking.”

“We need to honor our vets every day all year and part of that is making sure they have the care they deserve when they get older,” said Franken.

One-hundred-seventy veterans live at the home in Hastings, where they receive medical care and rehabilitation therapy.

Comments (2)
  1. william higgins says:

    I was awarded $200.000 by Hennipen county jury against the Mpls Veterans Home back in 1989, The Mn State legislatuer removed the anti retalition laws they had passed a few years earlyer after I won my suit . Legal Aid will help residents of he vets home if it is retaliation. Legal Aid won a Mn State Supreme court judgment against the Vets Home. The residents need to become aware os the court battels that happen between residents and staff. I and the residents never loist when the courts got involved. Terry Higgins

  2. Louise Rogers says:

    My brother is a resident there and from what I can see he has always been treated well by caring and compassionate staff.

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