Veterans home investigating widow over religious views

Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Bible study group 1An elderly widow who serves as a chaplain at a veterans home has lawyered up after she was threatened with eviction over her religious views.

Artis Breau, 84, is being represented by the Pacific Justice Institute after officials at the California Veterans Home threatened her with “involuntary discharge” from the facility, located in Yountsville, says PJI attorney Brad Dacus.

The disagreement dates back at last fall, when Breau shared her religious views about heaven and hell with a fellow resident. Her views upset him so badly he lost sleep over the issue and she now stands accused of emotional abuse and elder abuse, Dacus tells OneNewsNow.

Belief in heaven and hell are orthodox Christian views. 

"The sad reality is that Miss Artis believes that the reason that she is being singled out in this way is that she's a Jewish Christian,” says Dacus, “and some of the chaplains do not exactly share in the basic Christian doctrine and Christian faith.”

In a related press release describing the feud, PJI says Breau's status as a volunteer chaplain was suspended last December as part of an investigation. 

An attorney representing the California Department of Veterans Affairs notified PJI on March 1 that holding Bible studies is violating the December directive and Breau is now in danger of being evicted. 

Dacus, Brad (PJI)OneNewsNow contacted CalVet for comment and received the following response via email:

The safety, security, and wellbeing of all of our residents is our top priority and we take any allegations of misconduct or violations of our policies very seriously. We do not comment on ongoing investigations.

Breau and her late husband moved into the California Veterans Home approximately nine years ago. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division overseas, and later served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

She worked as a civilian employee in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army at the Pentagon during the Korean War.

"We've made it very clear how this is illegal and unconstitutional how they're treating Miss Artis," Dacus insists. "If this doesn't get resolved, then we fully reserve all rights to bring legal action against this agency."

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