Editor’s note: we received this letter in response to our story on State Sen. Katie Muth’s remarks concerning state Health Secretary Rachel Levine.
To the Editors,
My name is Ian Horowitz and my father was one of the 66 veterans who were killed at Southeastern Veterans Center in April/May of 2020 from extreme negligence under the reign of Rohan Blackwood, Debbie Mullane and others.
I’m writing to you demanding an apology to the family members whose loved ones died in 2020 as well as the employees at SEVC who were terrorized by Rohan and Mullane. I always believed your publication was one that supported our veterans, not the individuals who committed negligence against them. Your verbal assault of State Senator Muth was completely inappropriate and filled with misinformation and lies by Weller, Blackwood, Mullane and others.
Senator Muth was pulled into the mess at SEVC when staff started reaching out to her as well as me, after I started a private Facebook page to bring together family members and staff of SEVC in April of 2020 to learn what was really happening within the building, and employees had someone to communicate with on the outside. Dozens of staff, nurses and others started calling both the Senator and me to share their horror stories. Most of them were in tears while speaking with us because of their love for our veterans.
They shared more than just the deaths. They shared stories of Rohan, Debbie and others covering up sexual assaults, misappropriation of funds and countless other disgusting stories of abuse towards our Veterans. If you haven’t read the entire Independent Special Investigation report by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, for Governor Wolf on Dec. 29, 2020, I’m happy to send it to you.
If you want someone to verbally attack, it should be Attorney General Josh Shapiro! I and all the family members are incredibly frustrated with Shapiro and haven’t slept in almost three years and will continue to make noise until his office does their job and people like Rohan Blackwood, Debbie Mullane and others are held accountable for negligence.
Our veterans deserved better! My father deserved better!