The Missouri Veterans Commission this week held a special meeting to look deeper into its finances.
Much of its money comes from unpredictable sources, like gaming and medical marijuana revenue—and the latter, medical marijuana, is having to first pay millions of dollars in lawsuits over its licensing.
Kelly McClelland is the new MVC Commissioner-and says it’s the next big challenge AFTER the commission — encountered a deadly COVID-19 outbreak in its 7 veterans homes– and got it under control.
162 veterans died in that outbreak—and McClelland and two other commissioners were just appointed by Governor Parson.
The governor ordered an investigation of the homes – and the commission chairman resigned.
McClelland says they are making changes based on the investigation’s findings:
McClelland says they are creating a new wing for an ICU unit, and purchased ventilators….among other major changes.