|[July 11, 2014]
Legion Town Hall Meeting Slated for Monday; Veterans Crisis Center in Fort Collins to Open Tuesday
FORT COLLINS, Colo. --(Business Wire)--
The American Legion:
Members of The American Legion's System Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force,
created in 2003 to conduct annual evaluations of health-care quality at
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and other facilities.
A town hall meeting for local veterans and concerned members of the
community to discuss the quality of health care they are receiving
from the Ft. Collins VA Medical Center. It will be moderated by Ralph
Bozella, Chairman of The American Legion's Veterans Affairs and
A Veterans Crisis Command Center, where the SWS team and community
providers will help those affected by long wait-times for appointments
at the Fort Collins facilty. Volunteers will be on hand to provide
services to veterans and family members, including assistance in
filing for VA benefits claims, counseling on legal issues, and help
with enrollment in VA health care.
Both the town hall meeting and Veterans Command Crisis Center will be
located at American Legion Post 4 at 2124 Country Road 54 G in Fort
The town hall meeting, open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on
Monday, July 14.
The American Legion will operate its Veterans Crisis Command Center from
Tuesday, July 15, to Thursday, July 17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on
Friday, July 18 from 8 a.m. to noon.
VA recently released a nationwide access audit of wait-times at more
than 700 of its medical facilities. The audit showed that many of the
veterans treated at the Fort Collins CBOC had to wait several months for
their appointments, and that clerks there were instructed how to falsify
appointment records so it appeared the clinic was meeting VA's goal of
scheduling veterans for medical appointments within 14 days. The
American Legion is sending a team to help these individuals who have
waited so long to gain access to their VA health care. Last month, The
American Legion, with help from the VA and other organizations, operated
week-long crisis centers for veterans and family members in Phoenix,
Fayetteville, N.C., and El Paso, Texas. Another crisis center will be
operating next week in St. Louis.
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