Tuscaloosa Veterans Medical Center hold town hall meeting

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Dozens of military veterans and their families attended a town hall Tuesday morning at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Medical center. 

It’s a meeting where veterans can get important information about the programs and services they need.

Some who attended say these meetings are always helpful when veterans get to ask questions to officials, while some others say some services need improving.  That includes Willie Lavender who served thirteen years in the United States Army.

“The meeting was good because there were things we didn’t know that now we do know.  But there are still some ups and downs and some things that need to be corrected. But you have people here you can talk too, and they let you know who you can talk too and what they can do for you,” Lavender said.

During the two-hour town hall meeting, Veterans got the opportunity to sit down one on one with caseworkers to discuss items important to them and their families.  Ambrose Butler was not impressed with the meeting, he is a disabled veteran who served in the  United States Air force and had to get one of his legs amputated after he was discharged from the military. 

“My issue is that I was good enough to serve in the military but not good enough to receive pension and compensation after I was discharged.  All I want is what I am due and what I have earned as a serviceman,” Butler said.

Damon Stevenson says workers at the Veterans Medical Center do everything possible to make sure all veterans get the care they deserve.  Stevenson is the public relations director.

“Well, it’s a one-stop shop where veterans can come get information about basically everything available to them through the department of veterans affairs. It’s just beneficial to get feedback from the veterans and many times it might be veterans we are already working with particular issues. We help everyone we can.”

The Veterans Medical Center holds town hall meetings four times a year.

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