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[July 11, 2014]

Legion Town Hall Meeting Slated for Monday; Crisis Center in St. Louis to Open Tues.

ST. LOUIS --(Business Wire)--

The American Legion:

Who:

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. Verna Jones, director of the Legion's Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division in Washington, is leading the SWS team.

What:

  1. 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 VA St. Louis Health Care System.
  2. A Veterans Crisis Command Center, where the SWS team and community providers will help those affected by long wait-times for appointments in the VA St. Louis Health Care System. Volunteers will be on hand o 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.


Where:

The town hall meeting will be held at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, 1315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis. The meeting is open to the general public and local veterans are encouraged to attend - especially those affected by wait-time delays.

The American Legion Crisis Commander Center will be located at St. Louis University School of Law Clinic, 100 N. Tucker Blvd., Suite 726, St. Louis.

When:

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.

Why:

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 in the VA St. Louis Health Care System were waiting an average of 86 days to see a specialist. 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 Fort Collins, Colo.


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