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Mary Kay Dieterich, the daughter of the late Eugene Forti, a WW2 veteran who died at the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans home in El Paso, believes her dad got horrible care once COVID-19 hit, and faults Land Commissioner George P. Bush for claiming he was going to shake up the contracted management of the home after her father’s death but failed to do so.
Coronavirus in Texas

Texas veterans homes overseen by George P. Bush were often the deadliest places to be during COVID-19 pandemic

Seven of the state’s nine veterans homes had a fatality rate of 25% or more, far higher than the statewide average of 11% for nursing homes. Bush has vowed to not renew the operators’ contracts.


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The Texas State Veterans Home is located in Floresville and is administered by the Veterans Land Board. Land Commissioner George P. Bush's General Land Office hires the for-profit contractors who run the facility.

“Who’s in charge?”

The Frank Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home is located in Floresville. It is administered by the Veterans Land Board. Land Commissioner George P. Bush's General Land Office hires the for-profit contractors who run the facility.

Like “pulling teeth”

The Frank Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville.

“It makes me furious”

Cecelia “Cissy” Gonzalez-Dipple is the mayor of Floresville, where the Frank Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home is located. The state's nine veterans homes are overseen by the Veterans Land Board. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush's General Land Office hires the for-profit contractors who run the facilities.
Mary Kay Dieterich, the daughter of the late Eugene Forti, a WW2 veteran who died at the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans home in El Paso, believes her dad got horrible care once COVID-19 hit, and faults Land Commissioner George P. Bush for claiming he was going to shake up the contracted management of the home after her father’s death but failed to do so.

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