Several residents voiced their opinions Wednesday about the food and living conditions at Ohio Veterans Home, with one resident telling trustees he'd "rather be a POW than eat here."
Carl Daniels, a resident who is leaving the home Monday, said he watched the growth and problems at the home for almost two years. Now that he's leaving, it's his turn to say something, he said.
Daniels said he thinks the home is top-heavy in administration.
"This place is not a prison, and staff here needs to learn that these people are veterans," he said. "They served their country proudly and they need to be treated as such...
"I'd rather be a POW than eat here. I'd rather you shoot me than go down to the sick call," he said. "I won't be back."
Joe Moyma, a long-time resident of the home and several-time Resident Council president, told Board of Trustees Chairwoman Barbara Cash that lately the vets have been "getting the shaft as far as our lunches and things go."
Moyma described the food as uncooked sometimes, overcooked others and altogether inedible. There are problems with both quality and quantity, he said.
Cash asked if the issue was being discussed in Resident Council -- a group that discusses quality of life matters with home personnel.
Moyma said it's a topic that is continually brought up.
Cash charged the home's staff with presenting a report at the next board meeting regarding the matter and requested action be taken promptly.
"If there are remedies needed, don't wait for the meeting," she said.
Resident Betty Schrider also shared her concerns about a declining living environment and respect for veterans at the home.
"When my husband and I came here three years ago, and he eventually went over to the nursing home, he told me, 'I never thought the four years in the South Pacific would entitle me to such good care,'" she said.
But now, she thinks the home's motto, "Serving those who served," has been forgotten.
You're concerned about three things in a situation like this: your food, your care and your mail, she said.
She takes issue with the food and the care, she said.
Schrider credits the staff with caring for the veterans, but said she feels some at the top have forgotten why they are here.