MARQUETTE — On February 19th, Governor Rick Snyder appointed James Redford as the interim director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, just hours after a scathing report was released about the improper care of veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

That report led to the resignation of former MVAA director Jeff Barnes.

In the two plus months since then, Redford is working to fix the staffing and prescription issues at the downstate veterans facility. In an interview with ABC Ten Wednesday night, Redford had nothing but good things to say about the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.

“The Jacobetti home I think is the gold standard not just for Michigan but everywhere,” said Redford. “The quality of care, the respectful, nurturing and supportive relationship that we have with the community, veterans and volunteers is invaluable.”

Redford is no stranger to the Upper Peninsula. One of his sisters, Sue, lives in Marquette with her husband.