by Lisa Tome
Veterans are being asked to serve once again.
There is a localized effort to bring healthcare reform for those who have served their country.
On Monday, June 30 from 6-8:30 p.m., American Legion Susquehanna Post 135, Cherry Street, Perryville, will host a town hall meeting.
The purpose of this meeting is for all veterans to gather and share their experiences, both good and bad, with Maryland Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
This includes the handling of services to veterans and the wait times experienced for receiving a doctor's appointment.
Neil Eller, vice commander for American Legion Post 194, Rising Sun, is helping to organize this event. He said he and others have reached out to veterans organizations to try to get people to attend this meeting. "We want the good, bad, and ugly. We are looking for accurate information, not rumors and innuendo. We want a true reflection on what's happening with the VA. If it's good, we need to tell them," said Eller.
The event will be videotaped. Veterans Administration representatives will not be present. A copy of the video will be sent to the American Legion National Headquarters who will share the information with the VA.
"We want to resolve these issues. We want the true state of how things are. We have a lot of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan," said Eller. "We're not throwing stones. We want an accurate picture. This is veteran driven, not VA driven."
This meeting, is a group effort between the American Legion posts in Elkton, Perryville, and Rising Sun. The legion members are also working to include those from VFW posts and groups from Harford County.
For more information about this event call Pat Rossi at 302-668-4166.