Feds are sending doctors, nurses to aid N.J. veterans homes where almost 200 have died

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that doctors and nurses from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will spend the next month at two of New Jersey’s veterans nursing homes, where 190 residents died from the coronavirus.

The news comes just days after the governor accepted the resignation of Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale, the adjutant general who oversees the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Murphy also announced Friday the CEOs of the veterans homes in Menlo Park and Paramus, where 101 and 89 residents died, respectively, will be replaced.

“Especially as we begin to transition to new leadership at our veterans homes, these additional hands will play an essential role,” the governor said during his routine pandemic briefing in Trenton.

“This staff support began this morning and will continue for at least four weeks,” Murphy said.

“I thank Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie – who I have

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