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American Legion Returns to Roseburg to Hear Veterans' Health-Care Concerns

The follow-on meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at American Legion Post 16 on 406 S.E. Oak St. in Roseburg.

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(ROSEBURG, OR) - The American Legion, the country’s largest organization of wartime veterans, will return to Roseburg on Feb. 11 to host a second town hall for veterans to discuss the quality of health care they are receiving at the city’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center.

Members of the Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force last met with local veterans at a Jan. 9 town hall meeting. One major concern expressed by several attendees was the closing of the VA facility’s intensive care unit (ICU).

“We’ve decided to go back to Roseburg to listen to the specific concerns of patients at their VA facilities,” said Verna Jones, director of the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division. “We especially want to hear about how the loss of VA hospital’s ICU has impacted the quality of veterans health care.”

The follow-on meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at American Legion Post 16 on 406 S.E. Oak St. in Roseburg.

Anyone with concerns about VA health care is encouraged to attend the meeting, especially those who have served in the U.S. military.

Members of the Legion’s System Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force will facilitate the event. The SWS program was created in 2003 to monitor the quality of health-care at VA medical facilities nationwide.

For more information on the town hall meeting, contact Ed Lilley at elilley@legion.org.

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