- Written by LVNT
- Published: 05 February 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada - The American Legion, the country’s largest organization of wartime veterans, will host a town hall meeting next week in Las Vegas to discuss the quality of health care that women veterans are receiving at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System - North Las Vegas VA Hospital and other Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.
The town hall meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at American Legion Post 8 on 733 Veterans Memorial Drive in Las Vegas. Representatives from the Legion’s System Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force will attend; the task force was created in 2003 to evaluate the quality of health care at VA facilities nationwide.
The SWS team will also visit the VA medical center to interview patients, staff and administrators. "We conduct these site visits each year to evaluate and report on the quality of health care our veterans are receiving," said Ralph Bozella, chairman of the Legion’s SWS program. “Our next report will focus on the health-care needs of women veterans.”
Women who have served in the armed forces and are currently receiving health care from the VA are encouraged to participate in the town hall meeting. Local members of all veteran service organizations are also welcome to attend.
“The input and feedback that we receive from women veterans during these SWS town hall meetings helps us understand firsthand what challenges and recommendations they have for improving their medical care,” said Jacob Gadd, the Legion’s deputy director for health.
The town hall meeting and hospital visit are part of the current SWS tour of 15 VA medical centers across the country; other site visits have included Buffalo, N.Y.; Togus, Maine; Fargo, N.D.; North Chicago, Ill.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Tampa, Fla. Information collected from these site visits is compiled in an annual report that is submitted to Congress, the White House and senior VA leadership.