Head of state veteran’s home to step down

 

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PROVIDENCE (WLNE)- Gen. Rick Baccus, Administrator of the Rhode Island Veterans Home Community Living Center, announced today he will be leaving the position in March.

In a letter to the Office of Veteran Affairs, Baccus said he was leaving to seek other professional and personal opportunities, including “enjoying family obligations.”

The move comes as budget-woes at the home have made headlines, including a controversial plan to eliminate meals for visiting family members. 

Baccus served as administrator for 11 years, a part of what he described as 50 years of public service in his resignation letter.

Speaking on behalf of the governor, press secretary Josh Block said: 

General Baccus has spent his entire life in service to our country and our state, and we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. The Governor appreciates General Baccus’ willingness to stay on and ensure a smooth transition as we continue the difficult work of ensuring our veterans home has the resources it needs.”

During his time in the position, Baccus contributed to the design of the new center and oversaw the move of 194 residents to the home’s new facility in 2017.

“I have always done my best for the veterans who are residents of this Home,” Baccus said in his resignation letter.

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