The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Disabled Veterans Warehoused for Profit

Apr 3, 2023

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home assisted living facility and nursing home in Southern Maryland is publicly owned and privately run. Maryland’s new governor says he will end the state’s contract with the current operator, for-profit HMR Veterans Services, after complaints of abuse and neglect. The 454-bed facility keeps more than a quarter of its residents on antipsychotic drugs. The facility reports high rates of resident falls, urinary tract infections, incontinence, and weight loss. Nurse and physical therapist time per patient is lower than the state average.

This is how HMR has treated veterans for 20 years—after the facility’s prior private contractor was ordered to leave the nursing home business. Maryland paid HMR hundreds of millions of dollars over two decades, while state and federal regulators looked the other way. One of the company’s owners sold his nine million dollar mansion last year. His wife said, “We have a home in the Bahamas and want to travel.”

Maryland plans to contract with a new private company to run the facility. The question is: why would the new capitalists run the facility any differently?!