LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - After numerous complaints by residents of a Grand Rapids veterans home, a state lawmaker wants an ombudsman to listen and help resolve their issues without any fear of retribution.
Rep. Pete MacGregor, the chair of the subcommittee overseeing the Military and Veterans Affairs budget in Michigan, has head the complaints over the 18 months he's held office. The Rockford Republican not only wants the ombudsman, he asked for and received an independent audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
The audit results won't be available until 2013.
In recent months, a dispute over privatizing some workers at the vets home led to a lawsuit that is currently in the court of appeals.
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