Northeast Louisiana Veterans home under investigation, new administrator assigned

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - On Wednesday, the Louisiana Veterans Affairs secretary, Joey Strickland assigned a new administrator to the NELA Veterans Home. This comes after numerous reports and allegations of wrongdoings and misconduct at the home in Monroe.

"My first mission, by Governor Foster, was come to fix problems at this home and it bothers me that 20 years later, I'm back here trying to fix problems," Strickland said.

One of the allegations is that former assistant administrator Tommy Shoemaker was pocketing money that belonged to a resident.

"That particular case, involving Mr. Shoemaker is under the auspices of the state the attorney general. It's a criminal matter."

Strickland says they are still looking into the mysterious replacement of the hard-drive in the home's security system. The replacement was ordered by the then administrator, Ken Houston. Houston's reasoning behind having the hard drive replaced is unknown.

"We have looked in all of our files and all of our boxes and we've not located it, so. But it is being investigated by the OIG. There may not be anything there," Strickland says. "We don't know."

Strickland says the inspector general is also investigating former nurse, Stacy Andrews. Andrews is accused of marrying veteran after he received a large sum of money.

Strickland says his main focus is to get the home on the right track.

"I'm hoping to set a tone here, where veterans can feel like they can come forward if they feel like they're being mistreated and let us know, let me know in baton rouge what's going on."

He says they want to ensure quality care for all residents at the home and any misconducts towards them will not be tolerated.

"When I hear that veterans are being mistreated here, it just makes me extremely angry and I'm going to take care of it. Any employee that mistreats veterans, in this home, will be fired. I guarantee you that," Strickland said.

Strickland will be hosting a public town hall meeting to address any issues going on. The meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 P.M. at the NE Louisiana Veterans Home located at 6700 US-165, Monroe, La. 71203.