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Vermont Veterans Home may be forced to close

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BENNINGTON, Vt. - The fate of veterans and their spouses, as well as 250 employees, hangs on one inspection set to take place this week at the Vermont Veterans Home.

The Vermont Veterans Home, which has been running since the 1880's, may be forced to close after a federal agency cited the state-run home for several violations including unsanitary conditions, mistreatment, and an alleged assault of a resident.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has told trustees of the home that they will pull their Medicare and Medicaid funds, totaling $12 million, if the home does not pass a final inspection slated for Friday, September 28th.

If the Vermont Veterans Home does close its doors, the residents will be forced to shuffle off to other residential facilities, especially those who rely on Medicare and Medicaid.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's office tells NEWS10 he does not have any plans as of now to use state money as a stop gap measure.

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