Governor Deval Patrick has vetoed a $1 million spending bill that the state legislature set aside for state veterans homes. The homes in Holyoke and Chelsea will likely be forced to close their outpatient departments as a result of lack of funding.
Though the governor has indicated that veterans who were served by the homes can simply obtain medical care at the nearest hospital, those veterans who are uninsured and in dire need may not be able to afford private healthcare options.
Veterans advocates, including a former veterans agent for Seekonk, Massachusetts, are concerned that the veto will be a disadvantage to veterans in need of medical treatment.
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