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Veterans asked to attend town hall meeting for testimonies about medical care

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Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio, TX, Photo Credit: Billy Hathorn, Photo Date: 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization is holding a town hall meeting Monday evening for all veterans who have stories to tell.

The VFW wants to hear both good and bad experiences veterans have had with Kansas City Veterans Affairs.

The VFW actually planned the town hall meeting before the V.A. scandal.

Allegations against the V.A. peaked last month when former director Eric Shinseki said he was investigating allegations that as many as 40 veterans died waiting for medical attention at the VA hospital in Phoenix . The V.A. hospital has also been accused of keeping a secret list of patients to hide delays in care.  Last week, Shinseki resigned to avoid being a distraction during the investigation and efforts to repair the V.A. health system.

Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, has called on Missouri V.A. medical facilities to operate hospitals more efficiently, especially after the death of retired army seargeant Isaac Sims, whose family said he could not get help in time from the V.A., despite suffering from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sims was killed during a May 25 shooting after a family fight got out of control. Police say Sims was eventually killed by SWAT team members during a subsequent standoff. He served two tours of duty in the Middle East and when he returned home, his family says he suffered from depression and hallucinations.

The VFW town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, June 9 from 6-9 p.m. at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway St.

The news release says:  “All veterans are encouraged to come out and share their stories, good or bad, about the care and treatment they receive at their VA medical centers. At the meetings will be VFW Department and national service officers and leadership from the VFW Washington Office and the VFW National Headquarters to respond to questions and carry veterans’ concerns directly to Congress and the administration.”

 

 

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7 comments

  • Marvin S. Robinson, II

    The VETERANS ADMINISTRATION needs a complete TOTAL: Absolute; “OVER-HAUL” from the bottom- uP, to the inside- ouT. Unable to make tonight’s meeting due to transportation access, however- when this “NEW CYCLE” is behind us, and the next ‘Breaking News’- flashes across the television screen or computer-
    The American PUBLIC ‘owes it to yourselves’ to just how “LOW-DOWN” and awful the VETERANS ADMINISTRATION actually does VETS.
    In additional to a massive urgent “OVER- HAUL” the V.A. simultaneously also needs a neutral well planned “SUMMIT” to bring in the “RULE WRITERS” from the Congressional bureaucrats, so that alongside the news media, Live-Stream broadcast the American Citizens can see and consider the ultimate damages the VA inflicts on VETERANS: almost virtually; “second-by-second” the VA, through their V.A.O.I.G. (Veterans Office of the Inspector General), to the auxiliary groups that get VA FUNDING, but have “SYSTEMICALLY and INSTITUTIONALLY” wreaked havoc and chaos inside the lives and homes and fast forwarded fragile secondary turmoil for those who tried to SERVE and PROTECT the only country we love, as HOME.
    The troubles at the VA are far more complicated and intricate, than just DENYING and DELAYING medical benefits: the VA prints beautiful multicolored brochures, with the the best graphic design art work imaginable; their the VA’s Press Releases, P.R. Kits- all second to none. The wicked – vicious DECEIT pierces through when that Vet sees and reads the brochure, or sees another service supposedly offered by the VA only to find – out, NO JOBS, no HOUSING assistance, “No advocates” for ever escalating UTILITES or Over-Exaggerated Personal Property Real Estate Taxes- VETERANS being thrown from their HOMES for not being able to afford five to nine THOUSAND DOLLARS for a PROBATE Lawyer, from out-range APPRAISAL increases.
    DENIED EDUCATIONAL, JOB TRAINING assistance, dangle with approval of TRI-CARE, but if you can’t pay the monthly fee; NO Insurance anyWAY.
    YEAH, the VA needs to be “OVER-HAULED” and “A Series of SUMMITS” need to be held, so that all the new, and newer families with VETERANS coming home from war; can get a better idea and understanding of the CRUELTY that awaits their “LOVED, ONES” who took an “OATH to SERVE and PROTECT” that will be avoided, ONLY “If, we decide to ‘OVER-HAUL the VA’, because otherwise dial the VA’s 1-800-numbers and get run around and be played like a GAME Piece, “pass the COMPLAINT / Call’.
    Don’t know which is dirtier the V.F.W. or the American Legion: because they get their FUNDING from the VA, and like when President OBAMA was trying to get VETS federal government JOBS’ the K.C. VFW woman told me,,that he’s just the President’, but we run the programs and office’ and he’s really NOTHING MORE, than over-paid “CHEER-LEADER” and as long as the professional staff and Veterans Administration are in one accord, NOTHING” CHANGES”.
    Much appreciation, this and these complaints are because I, we, some and many of US, still care and LOVE our contry enough to believe that correction can and will arrive
    Marvin S. Robinson, II
    QUINDARO RUINS / Underground Railroad- Exercise 2015

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