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Food deliveries to IL Veterans' homes could freeze

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

Officials with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs say some food vendors have suspended food deliveries to Veterans' homes in the state because of the ongoing budget impasse.

It's been several months since food vendors haven't been paid for months and have either stopped deliveries or have said they may need to stop deliveries in the future according to IDVA spokesman Ryan Yantis.

Yantis said there are currently no disruptions to service at any of the Veterans Homes in state. The Department operates four homes in Anna, Quincy Manteno and LaSalle. Hundreds of the state's aging Veteran population live in and are cared for at these homes.

Billy Gray, a resident at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna, said he's frustrated at the situation the state is in.

"We're getting shafted," Gray said, he served as an engineer in the U.S. Army for 21 years.

Below is the full statement from Ryan Yantis with the IDVA:

“There are no disruptions to service at Illinois Veterans’ Home in Anna, or elsewhere in our system.  Our residents are being cared for, fed, and supported to high standards.We are working closely with our vendors to continue making deliveries to the Homes. There are vendors who either have, or may have to suspend deliveries in the future.  For those vendors, alternate solutions have been identified to ensure the Homes receive needed supplies and services to continue to provide care to residents.We have a range of continuity plans in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents."

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