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Mexico Veterans Home welcomes governor's investigation

The Mexico Veterans Home held a toe-tapping, joyful Christmas party. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has called for an investigation of all Missouri Veterans Homes (Elizabeth Hoffman/KRCG 13).

After concerns and complaints about the St. Louis Veterans Home, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has called for a drastic change in the Missouri Veterans Commission.

The governor has said he would investigate all state veterans homes in Missouri, and staff at the Mexico Veterans Home welcomes that investigation.

At their annual Christmas party at the home, veterans and their families had a toe-tapping joyful afternoon. Denny Hodges is one of the 150 veterans to call the residence his home.

"And they've treated me like it's home too," he said expressing that the staff has become his second family. "I even told one of the gals I'd adopt her as my daughter cause she's about the same age as my oldest daughter."

Administrator Brenda Ezell's love for the veterans is undeniable, and she puts that love into her care.

"I remind everybody that wears a name tag that we just work here," she said. "This is their home."

She said it's an honor to work at the veterans home.

"They bought us our freedom. The least I can do is see that they are taken care of during this time of their life."

Recent complaints of improper care at the St. Louis Veterans Home have prompted an investigation into all seven veterans homes throughout Missouri, including Mexico. Ezell said they welcome that investigation.

"I feel like it's an open door," she said. "This is a state of Missouri program. It is a Veteran's Commission program. I stand behind the staff that is working every day. I feel like we have a professional staff. If there's documentation you need to see, it's there."

Confident in their operations, she noted that their home is its own community and functions like one.

"You cannot compare this place to St. Louis," she said. "We do not have the problems St. Louis does."

Regardless of the complaints in St. Louis, Ezell said her staff will continue to provide their the best care possible.

"We get to go to work in the morning," she said. "We get to provide care for those who have bought us our freedom. We couldn't be happier about that."

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