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VA sets forum Tuesday in Cleveland

Published: August 31, 2014 4:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is hosting a town hall for veterans, family members and the public to provide feedback on VA operations and recommendations for VA programs.

Employees will be on hand to assist veterans with registering for VA Healthcare Services.

The Veterans Administration will hold a town hall meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the first floor recreation hall of the the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, 10701 East Blvd., Cleveland, with Center Director Susan Fuehrer and VA representatives.

The meetings are intended as a step toward improvement and to rebuild trust among veterans.

Parking is in the Patient and Visitor Parking Garage on Magnolia Drive.

The meeting is open to the public and the media, and VA is inviting Congressional stakeholders, veteran service organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and other community partners.

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redleg6 Aug 31, 2014 1:21 PM

The VA knows what the problems are, especially in Cleveland.

If VA wants to rebuild trust among the veterans, give us timely care, and timely claims resolution. Not the VA paperwork/redtape  2 step.

No veteran should have to wait for medical care, or wait 2 years or longer to get an answer about his/her claim for disability benifits from the VA regional offiice in Cleveland.

In my opinion, the biggest scandal at VA, is the disability claims process. You talk about red tape, paperwork, wait times. Then denial of claim, appeals, more wait times,.Years and years, and years in some cases.

Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and the Fish were famous in the 60's for singing the classic anti-war song, "I'm Fix'n to Die Rag" at Woodstock) sang years later, another song about VA, disabled vets, agent orange, from the Vietnam War, "You can file a claim for disability, but you may not live long enough to win"...