Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Bristlecone Family Resource Center is unable to allow local veterans to move into the new facility due to a lack of safety inspections.
The non profit agency provides Northern Nevadans with addiction recovery programs. On June 5, 2013 they relocated to a new facility at 704 Mill Street. Today, June, 14, 2013 when it was time for the residents to move into the new building, veterans in the program were denied access. Meanwhile, civilians in the recovery program were allowed to move in.
One local veteran, John Bodin says, "Today my life is a little bit in limbo."
Bodin who just started the recovery program three weeks ago says he is very upset that he can't move into the new Bristlecone facility because of a safety inspection issue that only affects veterans in the program, not civilians.
According to Darin Farr with the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, initial safety inspections at the new Bristlecone facility were not up to code, per the VA's standards. For example, exit signs were not properly posted and the emergency system in the elevator was not working.
Farr says a second inspection was scheduled today at the new facility, but for unknown reasons it was canceled by Bristlecone employees, leaving four veterans to find other places to stay. Farr says two veterans are staying with family in the area and a third veteran joined them, the fourth is staying at the shelter.
Bodin says this incident makes him feel like he's not getting the care he was promised, "I know that last year President Obama had a speech at the VFW and he said that if you are a vet and you need help, we will give it to you."
It's unclear at this point when the veterans will be able to start their treatment programs, but Farr says it's out the VA's hands, "It's entirely between the inspector and the facility to come to an agreement on this."