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Missouri veterans finally get needed attention from Gov. Eric Greitens. What took so long?


Finally, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has taken long overdue steps ... He ordered investigations into the treatment of veterans at six other state-run homes, including Warrensburg. “Big government failed these veterans,” Greitens said in a statement.


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Missouri GovEric Greitens took several steps Monday to address complaints of mistreatment at the StLouis Veterans Home, a skilled nursing care facilityIt’s taken too long to protect the vets Andrew Harnik AP Missouri GovEric Greitens took several steps Monday to address complaints of mistreatment at the StLouis Veterans Home, a skilled nursing care facilityIt’s taken too long to protect the vets Andrew Harnik AP setLeadImageSize(); $(window).resize(function() { var clientWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if (clientWidth > 767) { $('.lead-item').find('.caption').hide(); $('.lead-item .lead-caption').show(); } else { $('.lead-item .lead-caption').hide(); } setLeadImageSize(); }); $('.lead-item img').click(function(){ var elemWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if(elemWidth Eric GreitensWhat took so long? By The Kansas City Star Editorial Board $(window).scroll(function() { var windowCurrentPos = $(window).scrollTop(); var scrollTopPos = $("#story-body-items").offset().top-50; var scrollEndPos = $("#commenting-container").offset().top; if(windowCurrentPos >= scrollEndPos || windowCurrentPos Eric Greitens has taken long overdue steps to improve treatment for 1,300 military veterans in seven state-run skilled nursing care facilities. On Monday, Greitens called for the firing of Rolando Carter, the administrator of the StLouis Veterans Home, where allegations of mistreatment of veterans surfaced last spring. Greitens also said he had found replacements for five members of the Missouri Veterans Commission whose terms have expiredHe said he wants to replace Larry Kay, the commission’s executive director He ordered investigations into the treatment of veterans at six other state-run homes, including Warrensburg. 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Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW “Big government failed these veterans,” Greitens said in a statement It was a typically self-serving commentMany people failed these veterans, and Greitens is among them. Credible reports of mistreatment at the StLouis Veterans Home surfaced last winterThis summer, a former state legislator and an activist on military issues gave Greitens’ office a report on alleged problems at the home. Family members stepped forward with harrowing accounts of mistreatment. Yet Greitens failed to hold anyone to accountThree commission members could have been replaced this summer, but were notThe terms of two others expired in November, yet they stayed in their seats Maybe his attention was focused elsewhereThe governor did find time to appoint 10 members to the Missouri Board of Education so it could fire Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven without apparent cause The governor found time to write a bitter, sarcastic letter to SensRoy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, defending his decision to wait for yet another investigation of the StLouis home before figuring out what to do. Somehow, Greitens also found time to travel around the country, climb a rock wall, rappel into a rodeo, dash into a burning structure with firefighters and run an obstacle course. The elderly veterans in the StLouis home, one assumes, were unable to engage in similar publicity stunts. The Missouri General Assembly must address Greitens’ decision-making hereLawmakers should demand a full hearing on the StLouis situation, including testimony from the governor’s staffWe’d also like to hear more from family members at all of the state’s veterans homes. Others share the responsibility for the StLouis debacle, including the four commission members appointed by the legislatureBut Greitens isn’t blamelessAt some point, he must accept the fact that he is the governor of Missouri. “We hold leaders responsible,” Greitens claimed Monday“When people are being hurt, and bureaucrats fail to act, fail to listen, and offer only excuses, we’re going to find out, and they are going to be fired.” The record seems clear: Greitens failed to hear veterans and for months, he failed to actNow he offers excusesMissourians have found that out and should hold him responsibleThe state’s veterans are depending on it. !function(){var TOUT=window.TOUT=window.TOUT||{},utils={getCanonicalLinkHref:function(){for(var links=document.getElementsByTagName("link"),i=0;i-1}}}(); !function(){var TOUT=window.TOUT=window.TOUT||{};if(console&&console.log&&console.log("Tout SDK: "+ +new Date),!TOUT._sdkScriptTagParsedAt){TOUT._sdkScriptTagParsedAt=new Date,TOUT.EMBED_CODE_VERSION="1.2.0";var sdkHost=TOUT.SDK_HOST||"platform.tout.com",sdkProtocol=TOUT.SDK_PROTOCOL||("https:"==window.location.protocol?"https:":"http:"),analyticsHost=TOUT.SDK_ANALYTICS_HOST||"analytics.tout.com",analyticsProtocol=TOUT.SDK_ANALYTICS_PROTOCOL||sdkProtocol;TOUT.onReady=TOUT.onReady||function(func){return TOUT._onReadyQueue=TOUT._onReadyQueue||[],TOUT._onReadyQueue.push(func),TOUT},TOUT.fireSimpleAnalyticsPixel=function(trigger_name,attrs){var img=new Image,url=analyticsProtocol+"//"+analyticsHost+"/events?trigger="+trigger_name;for(var attr in attrs)attrs.hasOwnProperty(attr)&&(url+="&"+attr+"="+encodeURIComponent(attrs[attr]));return img.src=url,img},TOUT.init=function(brandUid,options){options=options||{};var sdkScriptId="tout-js-sdk";if(document.getElementById(sdkScriptId)&&!options.forceInit)return TOUT;if(brandUid=TOUT.SDK_BRAND_UID||brandUid,"undefined"==typeof brandUid||"string"!=typeof brandUid||0===brandUid.length||brandUid.length>7)return TOUT.fireSimpleAnalyticsPixel("sdk_log",{log_level:"error",log_message:"BRAND_UID_NOT_DEFINED",content_page_url:window.location.href}),console&&console.error&&console.error("TOUT - Invalid Brand UID: "+brandUid),TOUT;TOUT._initOptions=options;var script=document.createElement("script");script.type="text/javascript",script.src=sdkProtocol+"//"+sdkHost+"/sdk/v1/"+brandUid+".js",script.id=sdkScriptId,script.className="tout-sdk";var firstScript=document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];return firstScript.parentNode.insertBefore(script,firstScript),TOUT.fireSimpleAnalyticsPixel("sdk_initialized",{content_brand_uid:brandUid,sdk_embed_code_version:TOUT.EMBED_CODE_VERSION,content_page_url:window.location.href}),TOUT}}}(); (function(){ var brandUid = "4b59a8"; TOUT.mapAsyncFetchApp.init(brandUid); TOUT.init(brandUid); TOUT.mapAsyncFetchApp.fetch(); })(); ! function() { var tagalongWidth = 325; if (window.innerWidth 320 && window.innerWidth 768 && window.innerWidth 325) { tagalongWidth = 325 } document.body.addEventListener('ToutSDKLoad', function(evt) { //wait for SDK to load TOUT.model.setMixinSettings('TagAlong', { //change width of tagalong unit before player is created popoutWidth: tagalongWidth }) }) }(); Suggested for you lazyLoadingModule("zerg-template", "zerg-target", "zerg",500, undefined, undefined, undefined, "53329", undefined , undefined );   Comments   Needs to be visible to set the correct height of the comment componentI'm hiding it on document readyAppending it later did not work--> (function(){ var $commentingContainer = $('#commenting-container'), $commentContainerChevron = $commentingContainer.find(".glyphicon-chevron-down"), $fbComments = $("#fb-comments"); if($("meta[property='fb:app_id']").length === 1 && $("meta[name='allow-comments']").prop("content") === "true") { $commentingContainer.on('click', 'a.comments-toggle', function(){ if (typeof mi.commenting === "undefined") { mi.commenting = new mi.Commenting(); mi.commenting.setConf( { accountName: mi.pageInfo.getConf('marketInfo.domain'), fbapp_id: mi.pageInfo.getConf('facebook.app.id'), fb_comment_div: {'data-width': '100%'} }); mi.commenting.display(); FB.XFBML.parse(document.getElementById("fb-comments")); } toggleComments(); }); $(document).ready(function(){ toggleComments(); }); } else { var disabledText = 'Comments have been disabled for this story.'; $fbComments.prepend("" + disabledText + ""); } //toggleClass() wasn't working in IE the first time if it has the class function toggleComments(){ if ($fbComments.hasClass('in')) { $fbComments.removeClass('in'); $commentContainerChevron.removeClass("rotate"); }else { $fbComments.addClass('in'); $commentContainerChevron.addClass("rotate"); } } })(); Videos More Videos Video Link copy Embed Code copy Facebook Twitter Email Why a new terminal at KCI? 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