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Veterans chief resigns

Patrick Chorpenning will leave state veterans agency. Arizona Capitol Times file photo by Bill Coates

Patrick Chorpenning has resigned as director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, one day after Gov. Janet Napolitano removed him from direct responsibility over the state’s troubled nursing home for military veterans.
“I regret the circumstances that led to Pat Chorpenning’s resignation, but I have accepted his letter and his decision to leave the agency. Pat Chorpenning has a long history of service to his country and to this state, and for that, I thank him,” Napolitano said in a statement.
A timeline for selection of a new Director has not yet been set, however an interim Acting Director will be named quickly, the statement said.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services penalized the state $10,000 on March 16 for substandard care conditions at the Arizona State Veterans Home in Phoenix.
Napolitano ordered a review of management and practices at the home be completed in 30 days. She also appointed Dr. Leonard J. Kirshner, a former director of AHCCCS and Commander of the USAF Hospital at Luke Air Force Base, to head the review team.

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