Gov. Parson visits Missouri Veterans Home/Mt. Vernon

Steve Chapman

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson briefly visited the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 15.
During his visit, Parson spoke with veterans and staff members directly.
“He was here to stop in and visit with some of the veterans,” said April Cutbirth, administrator. “It was just more of a social visit to say, ‘How are you guys doing?’”
During the visit, Parson told the veterans and the staff that he is aware of the difficulties COVID-19 has caused. He also thanked the staff for their efforts to keep the veterans safe from the virus.
“He just wanted to show his support for us,” Cutbirth said. “He understands that this is a hard time and thanked the staff for everything that they’re doing to keep the veterans safe, and just told the veterans ‘Hang in there’ and that we’re doing the best we can to keep them safe from COVID.”
 While he was at the home, Cutbirth said, Parson spoke directly with five of the veterans and about 30 staff members.
In a post on his Facebook page, Parson praised the staff for their work to keep the veterans safe while also helping to minimize its impact on their lives in the Veterans Home.
“We know there has to be a balance between safety and quality of life, and our staff have continued to provide physical, occupational, and recreational programs,” Parson wrote in his post.
Parson also announced that the Missouri veterans homes are taking steps to allow veterans and their loved ones to have physical contact again.
“In our Missouri veterans homes, we are in the process of implementing hand holding stations,” he wrote. “This interaction follows health precaution measures, but also allows for direct contact with loved ones.”


Lawrence County Record

312 S. Hickory St.
Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


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