The American Legion, the biggest organization of wartime veterans in the U.S., is slated to host a town hall meeting next week to update veterans on the past, present and future of health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Leavenworth.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post 94, 215 Maple St.
"We conduct these site visits each year to evaluate and report on the quality of health care our veterans are receiving," said Ralp Bozella, chairman of the American Legion's System Worth Saving Task Force. "Our next report will take a comprehensive look at VA health care since we first started evaluating it.
"The input and feedback that we receive from veterans during these town hall meetings helps us understand firsthand what challenges and recommendations they have for improving their medical care."
Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces and are currently receiving health care from Veterans Affairs are encouraged to participate in the town hall meeting. Local members of all veterans service organizations are also welcome to attend.
The System Worth Saving Task Force was created in 2003 to monitor the quality of health care at Veterans Affairs medical facilities.
Task Force personnel will also visit the Eisenhower Veterans Affairs medical center to interview patients, staff and administrators.
The town hall meeting and hospital visit are conducted annually by Task Force members to about 15 medical centers per year. Task Force staffers compile annual reports based on findings and submit the reports to Congress, the White House and senior Veterans Affairs leadership.
For more information on the town hall meeting, contact Jacob Gadd at email@example.com.