Waynesboro Veteran Says He's Being Bullied Out of His Home

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WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV)-- A Valley veteran says he's being bullied into leaving his house to go live in a nursing home.

"For a while I was afraid of dying, and now I'm afraid of living," shared Leo Thralls, a World War II Veteran living in Waynesboro.

Thralls is talking about his situation with the Department of Veterans Affairs Staunton Community Based Outpatient Center. He says the center is trying to move him from his house to a home closer to the healthcare he needs. It's a move he says he doesn't want to make.

"I'll either die in a nursing home or wherever. I want to die at home. Why can't they let me do that," Thralls asked.

No one from the outpatient center was available to answer our questions about the situation Monday. In the meantime, Thralls has support from other veterans in the valley.

"I can understand Leo wanting to stay in his home. I want to do the same thing. Somebody's going to have to start doing something for the veterans." shared fellow veteran, James Brooke.

We've reached out to the VA. Because of privacy laws, they can't go into detail about Thralls' case. They do say, though, that Veterans Affairs has no jurisdiction by law to remove a veteran from his or her home. That's up to adult protective services. Thralls says someone from the VA called adult protective services.

"My mother died at home. It was a very dignified thing. My sister died at home. It was a very dignified thing. I'm facing a cardiac arrest, and I'm almost welcoming that with all the problems I have," concluded Thralls.


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