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