- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Veterans’ Home Board of Trustees has voted to take steps to reduce the number of patient beds it is licensed for, from 171 beds to 130.

The home’s administrator, Melissa Jackson, tells The Bennington Banner (https://bit.ly/1Aihfix ) that through this year, the average number of veterans served daily at the home is 121. The home also has 13 current job openings, which it will not fill at a savings of more than $750,000 a year.

Other cost cuts from reducing the number of beds will bring the total savings to about $1 million a year.

H. Jamie Percey, the Vermont State Employees Association representative on the board, was the only member to oppose the recommendation to cut the number of beds.

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