by Terry Richards

WEST LOS ANGELES, CA – Can Thomas Bucci, an Air Force Veteran and the new Administrator for Veterans Home of California West Los Angeles “CALVETS WLA” cure all that AILS and PLAGUES this Veterans Home, especially the Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Veterans?

Thomas Bucci, the new Administrator for Veterans Home of California West Los Angeles being Sworn-In.

Thomas Bucci, the new Administrator for Veterans Home of California West Los Angeles being Sworn-In.

In less than 6-months 2-Veteran-Residents of the Transitional Housing Program (THP) were found Dead in their beds. James Hamilton, a resident of the THP was found dead in his bed on or about October 03, 2014 after previously asking for and being denied to see the Veteran’s Home Primary Care Physician according to Eugene Spizzirri another THP Resident and a friend of Hamilton. Spizzirri said that Hamilton told him that when he asked one of the Staff that he was not feeling well and wanted to see the Primary Care Physician he was told that they were too busy and that they only saw THP Resident Patients between 10am-12noon on Mondays and by appointment only.

Treated like  "2nd Class Citizens" Veterans Home of California West Los Angeles only offers 2-hours per week for its Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Veterans.

Treated like “2nd Class Citizens” Veterans Home of California West Los Angeles only offers 2-hours per week for its Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Veterans.

Spizzirri also told this Writer that the THP Staff were aware that Hamilton had not signed the daily “Muster Sheet” by 10:00 o’clock in the morning for 5-days in a row. But instead of going to Hamilton’s room and investigating if Hamilton was okay on the very first day he failed to sign the “Muster Sheet” the Staff waited until the 5th-day.

Hamilton was also one of 2-Victims of Gay-Bashing, intimidation and harassment perpetrated by several of the THP Residents for over 3-months. Spizzirri, an openly Gay person was the other Victim of the Gay-Bashing.

And even though Spizzirri reported the intimidation and harassment to THP Staff, THP Staff took no action to endeavor to resolve the Gay-Bashing, even though under the California “RALPH CIVIL RIGHTS ACT” it is a Crime to intimidate and harass a person because of their “SEXUAL ORIENTATION”. It was not until this Writer intervened by writing a letter to Todd Irby, Chief Counsel of Legal Affairs for Veterans Homes of California was disciplinary action taken against one of the said perpetrators.

Moreover, accept for one Security Guard none of the Staff who are directly in charge of the THP are Veterans. Nor have they ever had any experience working with U.S. Veterans who are or have been Homeless and may suffer from mental and/or physical disabilities. I ask you ladies and gentleman, how can these Staff Members possibly related as to the “mindset” of these Veterans???

Oh yes, let’s not forget that they only built 1-full Kitchen when 2-Kitchens were needed to feed the almost 400 Veteran-Residents it can house when at full capacity.

 On Friday, October 03, 2014 Thomas Bucci was Sworn-In as Administrator of the Veterans Home of California West Los Angeles in front of numerous residents of the home and their guests, of which this Writer was one.

Prior to his Swearing-In, Bucci walked around to many of the seated residents and their guests introducing himself and shaking hands with them. Then Peter Gravett, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs said a few words about Bucci qualifications and then Bucci was Sworn-In. Gravett then introduced Bucci again inviting him up to the podium.

Thomas Bucci as new Administrator of "CALVET WLA" gives his speech to Residents.

Thomas Bucci as new Administrator of “CALVET WLA” gives his speech to Residents.

Bucci then gave a speech and appeared very upbeat about how he would try to turn things around for the better, and how he wanted to make this Veterans Home a “5-star” one.

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