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Veterans deserve better than a home without a kitchen

To the editor: Thanks to Steve Lopez for exposing the failure of the state Department of Veterans Affairs to provide disabled veterans with much-needed levels of care and housing services. ("Badly needed veterans home sits half empty; no kitchen is a problem," Column, Sept. 9) The kitchen issue for the half-empty veterans home in West L.A. should have been solved years ago. Why not have the meals for residents catered until this is resolved? We're talking only up to 400 meals per day. West L.A. is not the only state home that has been experiencing major vacancy rates. There are eight homes in California, and most are under-utilized, at a time when dementia,...