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American Legion to host town hall meeting on VA health care

Nov. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The American Legion will host a local town hall meeting for veterans that will focus on the past, present and future of health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Huntington.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at American Legion Post 16 at 1421 6th Ave. in Huntington. Members of the Legion's System Worth Saving Task Force will attend.

Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces and are currently receiving health care from VA are encouraged to participate. Local members of all veterans service organizations are also welcome to attend.

The team will also visit the VA medical center the following day to interview patients, staff and administrators.

"We conduct these site visits each year to evaluate and report on the quality of health care our veterans are receiving," Ralph Bozella, chairman of the task force, said in a news release. "Our next report will take a comprehensive look at VA health care since we first started evaluating it."

The System Worth Saving program was created in 2003 by then-American Legion National Commander Ron Conley. The task force travels to about 15 VA medical centers per year. The task force compiles an annual report based on its findings and submits it to Congress, the White House and senior VA leadership.

Input received from veterans during town hall meetings is used to help members understand challenges and make recommendations for improving their medical care, Bozella said.

For more information on the town hall meeting, contact Jacob Gadd at jgadd@legion.org.

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