|[July 22, 2014]
American Legion Plans Baltimore-Area Meeting and Crisis Center for Veterans
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Representatives of America's largest organization of wartime veterans
will arrive in Baltimore on July 28 to conduct a town hall meeting for
veterans to discuss the quality of health care they are receiving at the
city's Department of Veterans Affairs medical center.
American Legion staff and volunteers, along with staff from the Veterans
Health Administration, will also set up a local Veterans Crisis Command
Center to assist veterans and family members affected by long wait-times
for VA medical care, and for benefits claims processing.
A recent VA audit of access to health care showed more than 55,00
medical appointments scheduled at the VA Baltimore Healthcare System. Of
those, about 6,500 were set more than 30 days ago, with nearly 2,000 of
them scheduled 61-90 days ago.
The town hall meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 28, at American
Legion Post 109 on 1610 Sulphur Spring Rd. in Arbutus, Md.
The crisis center will also be located at Post 109, and will be open at
the following times: Tuesday, July 29, noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July
30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 31, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday,
Aug. 1, 8 a.m. to noon.
Since June, The American Legion has operated crisis centers for veterans
in several cities affected by the VA wait-time scandal, which caused
delayed medical care for many veterans across the country.
The Legion, VA and other organizations have helped thousands of veterans
at week-long crisis centers in Phoenix, Fayetteville, El Paso, St. Louis
and Fort Collins, Colo.
For more information on the town hall meeting or crisis center at Post
109, contact Warren Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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