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Lawton area legislative leaders respond to allegations of veteran abuse at state facilities

In light of recent social media posts documenting the care of veterans at the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Lawton, Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton; Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika; Rep. Trey Caldwell, R-Lawton; Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin; Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton; and Rep. Rande Worthen, R-Lawton, released the following joint statement:

“We take all allegations of veteran abuse and mistreatment at state facilities very seriously, and we appreciate the leadership of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs taking action to investigate and remedy the situation. We urge families to come forward with concerns of mistreatment as they are able. We encourage those families to be party to and maintain community committees that promote the welfare of their veteran residents at ODVA facilities. Further, we encourage any executive order relating to long-term care visitation to consider solutions to enable families to safely check upon the treatment of their loved ones in state facilities and other elder care facilities.”  

For more information, contact:
Sen. John Michael Montgomery at 405-521-5567, or email 


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