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UPDATE: Veteran Evicted From Nursing Home Facility

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Update: 5/6/13

Stephen Newlon is still waiting for an appeals hearing after he received a letter in April giving him until May 6 to be out of the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility.

The nursing home's facility administrator did not answer our request for comment.



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The West Virginia Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification cited the West Virginia Veterans Facility in Clarksburg with 30 violations last fall.

In October 2012, 12 News was approached by a man named Stephen Newlon, who said he had some serious concerns at the facility.

He spoke on camera with us in March and the story aired shortly after.

Newlon said some of the veterans can't speak up for themselves, and the ones who can are scared to do so.

"The majority of the veterans are scared to death to talk about this place," said Stephen Newlon, a Vietnam Veteran and resident at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg.

On April 1, 2013, Newlon received a letter from the facility's administrator, Kevin Crickard.

"I get this letter, I have to be off of the premises by May 6," Newlon said.

The letter said his discharge is appropriate because his health has greatly improved and he's no longer in need of the facility's services.

It cites a physician's recommendation from September 20, 2010 as the reason for the eviction.

"Why didn't they do it 31 months ago?" Newlon said.

Newlon said he plans on fighting that eviction because he believes it was done for much pettier reasons.

"I feel like I'm being retaliated against for the two incidents where I spoke with the surveyors and Channel 12," Newlon said.

We contacted Kevin Crickard and the facility last week. It released this statement:

"The West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility (WVVNF) is committed to providing the highest quality care to our state's honored service members. As a state and federally funded institution with a lengthy waiting list for admissions, it is also our responsibility to ensure each resident meets all eligibility requirements as outlined by the federal VA and West Virginia Long Term Care Regulations. These criteria help ensure that each veteran is receiving a level of care that is commensurate with his or her medical needs, ultimately promoting the health and well-being of all West Virginia veterans."

12 News also got a tip about a resident that went missing on New Years Eve.

"The actual veteran that eloped was outside for 13 minutes," said Kevin Crickard, Administrator at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility.

But the Clarksburg Police Department had different numbers. According to the police report, a call came in at. 6:14 p.m. saying a resident hadn't been seen since 3:30 p.m. The call was cleared at 7:23 p.m. Police said he was found in the facility parking lot.

12 News also spoke with a former employee. Look for that interview at a later date.

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