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Kentucky veteran concerned about worker shortages, pay at Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 12:24 PM EST
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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - One Eastern Kentucky veteran said he is worried about worker shortages and their pay at the Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veteran Center.

Haven King told WYMT the issue of worker shortages has been going on for “a while.”

“They have to be paid more, you know when you have people in the dietary here and they make $8.63 an hour,” he said. “You cannot live on that, that is what they start them out at, lower than any of the other three in the state.”

However, King added veterans receive top-notch care from the center.

“Most of these guys are on long-term care and they really do they do a great job here,” he said. “I’ve been to all of them and I think Eastern Kentucky is one of the best there is.”

He said to fix this problem, the center will need more funding.

“It’s going to take efforts of the legislative branch of the state government,” he said. “The governor must see that there’s a need and be able to bring this forth when we have our session in January.”

He fears if the center does not receive more money, it could close its doors.

“We can change this but you have to work at it, you have to talk to your people you have to talk to your congregation,” he said. “You have to get them to get out there and talk to their leaders, talk to their representatives.”

Mark Bowman, the Executive Director of the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers, said there are no plans to close the Hazard facility.

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