American Legion hosts town hall focusing on VA healthcare

American Legion hosts town hall focusing on VA healthcare
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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 4:55pm

The American Legion will host a local town hall meeting on Monday, November 18th, for veterans that will focus on the past, present and future of health care at the El Paso Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 at American Legion Post 58 on 4724 Vulcan Ave. in El Paso.

Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces and are currently receiving health care from VA as well as local members of veterans service organizations are asked to attend.

The American Legion's System Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force will also visit the VA medical center the following day to interview patients, staff 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, chairman of the task force. “Our next report will take a comprehensive look at VA health care since we first started evaluating it.”

The SWS program was created in 2003 by then-American Legion National Commander Ron Conley, who is a Pittsburgh resident.

“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,” Bozella said.

The town hall meeting and hospital visit are conducted by members of the Legion's SWS Task Force, which travel to about 15 VA medical centers per year. The task force compiles an annual report based on its findings and submits it to Congress, the White House and senior VA leadership.

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