Head of veterans commission resigns after COVID-19 report

Head of veterans commission resigns after COVID-19 report
The chairman of the Missouri Veterans Commission has resigned after releasing an investigative report that criticized the commission for not reacting more quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: WIS)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The chairman of the Missouri Veterans Commission has resigned after releasing an investigative report that criticized the commission for not reacting more quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 140 COVID-19 deaths have been reported at the state’s seven veteran nursing homes. The head of the commission, Tim Noonan, told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thursday he was resigning because of comments from Gov. Mike Parson this week.

A summary of the report on veterans’ deaths was released in December, but Noonan had resisted releasing the entire report until Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt directed him to do so.

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