Statement from the Chair of the California State Veterans Affairs Committee on California's Audit of the State's Veterans Homes

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO — “When I requested this audit last year, I trusted that the state auditor would conduct a rigorous investigation, and the auditor’s discoveries reveal clear problems, as well as clear solutions,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs. “Through inattention and neglect, the residents of California’s veterans’ homes have been shortchanged in a process that has allowed these properties, which are supposed to be exclusively for the benefit of veterans, to be exploited. We need to ensure the homes are operated for the benefit of California’s veterans.”

“From experience of working with him, I know that CalVet Secretary Vito Imbasciani will be eager to take on the necessary reforms, and has already taken on some changes. In anticipation of this audit’s findings, I have already introduced Assembly Bill 240, so that in a timely manner the Legislature can fix state law to protect veterans.”

You can find the auditor’s report here.