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Fayetteville VAMC to hold Town Hall Meeting with local Veterans Dec. 19

December 8, 2014

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Fayetteville VA Medical Center to Hold Town Hall Meetings with Local Veterans, Dec. 19

 

What:                Fayetteville VA Medical Center (FVAMC) is hosting two Town Halls for Veterans, family members and the public to ask questions and voice concerns about care at local VA facilities.  Local VA officials will also provide information on VA operations and programs. In addition to FVAMC leaders, VBA (Veterans Benefits Administration) employees will be on hand to assist Veterans with filing and status of claims and other benefits services. Media are also invited to attend

 

Who:                   Fayetteville VAMC Director Elizabeth Goolsby and local and regional VA representatives

 

When:                 Dec. 19, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.

 

Where:                Auditorium, 3rd Floor Main Hospital Bldg, 2300 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC, 28301

 

Contact:              Jeffery Melvin, public affairs officer, Fayetteville VAMC, email: jeffery.melvin2@va.gov or (910) 488-2120 Ext. 5991.

 

Background:      The town halls are among the hundreds of meetings new VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald pledged to stage nationwide at each VA medical center and regional office at least quarterly.

The meetings provide an open forum for VA officials to hear directly from Veterans, family members and the public as a step toward improvement and to rebuild trust among Veterans.

The meetings are open to the public and the media. VA is inviting Congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and other community partners.

“The Town Hall provides a continuing opportunity for veterans to ask questions, air their concerns and get the latest information about steps we are taking to address space and access to care issues,” said Fayetteville VAMC Director Elizabeth Goolsby.  “It is an opportunity to hear firsthand from our veterans and to reaffirm our commitment to our nation’s Veterans.”

Fayetteville VAMC is a general medicine, surgery and mental health complexity level 2 medical center, serving nearly 60,000 Veterans in 19 counties in SE NC and 2 counties in NE SC.  Despite a flurry of construction in recent years that has seen Fayetteville’s sites of care grow from four sites of care to 18 since 2010, space constraints have contributed to longer than desired wait times for Veterans seeking primary care appointments. 

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Media interested in attending Town Hall, should contact Jeff Melvin of the Fayetteville VAMC Public Affairs Office at jeffery.melvin2@va.gov by 3 p.m. the day before the event to RSVP or by calling (910) 488-2120, ext. 5991 or (910) 224-2214.