American Legion plans Augusta events to discuss veteran benefits, care

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 5:19 PM
Last updated 10:22 PM
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The American Legion will hold a series of sessions in Augusta next week to discuss veteran benefits, including the quality of care being provided at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

The first meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post 205 on Highland Avenue. Officials seek feedback on the quality of care provided at the Augusta VA hospital, which last year reported that the delay of 5,100 endoscopy consultations in its gastrointestinal program led to the deaths of three cancer patients.

The second session will be March 13-15 at Carter Burdell Hagler American Legion Post 178 on Richmond Hill Road. This will kick off the Legion’s veteran service campaign in Augusta.

American Legion members, veterans information staffers and a service officer will be available to help with benefit claims or other veteran-related questions during the three-day event, which opens daily at 10 a.m.

“The greater Augusta area is an ideal place to strengthen partnerships between the veterans and the community,” Lynne Rollins, the commander of the American Legion for the Department of Georgia, said in a news release. “The people here care about their community and practice good citizenship every day.”

The area’s posts will focus on community service and assistance to veterans, each of which will be determined by its members with input from civic and community officials.

Members of the Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force, which was created in 2003 to monitor the quality of health care at VA hospitals nationwide, will lead the first event and visit the Augusta VA to interview patients, staffers and administrators.

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

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JimS 03/05/14 - 10:02 am
Always re-active not pro-active

The VA 2015 budget proposal by the Executive branch: The so called conservatives will block, again, the proposed for the decades long under funded VA, as they seek to privatize for corporate profits and continuing attacking the VA personal, and still not pay for their rubber stamped wars:
Reality: Congress, State legislatures also, are the American People, who control the purse, and Not 'corporate' people, who are Served by the Military and Military Vets, Look In A Mirror, That's You:
Freedom Isn't Free!! We Paid For It!! American Veterans!!
"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility
to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: 'With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility' {two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}

As those served ignore their responsibility and most of the issues, DeJa-Vu all over again:
This Veterans' Administration, for the past five years, along with the Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, have finally been taking on the long ignored Veterans' issues, and the new from these recent wars, by the flag waving patriotic public served and thus through their Representatives! Sadly many many of the Brothers and Sisters have perished from these ignored issues, demand wars give tax cuts with and put said wars costs, no bid contracts for private government contractors, on the credit card, send the very few into, and many still will. And the representatives, especially in the now House of Representatives, take issues caused by that under funding, budget still mostly borrowed, and more and lay blame on the Agency and not themselves, the people served follow that lead, for decades now!!

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

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