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Controversy brews at Gulfport Armed Forces Retirement Home

A spokesperson with the Gulfport home emphasized that there is no investigation, just a review, and that no one has been fired, just reassigned. (Photo source: WLOX) A spokesperson with the Gulfport home emphasized that there is no investigation, just a review, and that no one has been fired, just reassigned. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Today is the first time WLOX has been on the grounds of the Gulfport Armed Forces Retirement Home since a controversy broke there. The allegations include poor medical care for retirees, inadequate food and other issues.

The home had a spring open house that featured the good side of the 5-year-old facility, which houses more than 500 residents. The public was treated to self-guided garden tours on the grounds, refreshments, indoor tours and artwork on display.

Not only did the setting hide any hint of controversy, but the residents themselves weren't sure what the fuss was about. Many had only their own experiences to judge.

Everyone we interviewed said they wouldn't want to live anywhere else and had no complaints about medical treatment, food services or anything else.

Some residents sent in complaints about mistreatment by email and social media earlier this month. The complaints reached Rep. Steven Palazzo's office.

Since then, two top officials have been reassigned. A Department of Defense spokesperson said today an assessment of the home's operations continues, but there has been no new development.

A spokesperson with the Gulfport home emphasized that there is no investigation, just a review, and that no one has been fired, just reassigned.

Mike Lacy will have more on this story tonight on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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