Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Arbutus Lansdowne

News Maryland Baltimore County Arbutus Lansdowne

American Legion Post in Arbutus to hold town hall meeting on veterans' medical treatment

On Monday, July 28, the American Legion, the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, will hold a town hall meeting at the American Legion Dewey Lowman Post 109 in Arbutus for veterans to discuss the quality of care they are receiving at the Baltimore Veteran Affairs Medical Center. 

The meeting, to be held at 7 p.m. at 1610 Sulphur Spring Road. It will be the fifth held across the nation by the organization, following recent reports of long wait times and mismanagement at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that led to a delay in receiving medical care for veterans. 

The site was chosen because with 200 parking spaces, it will be able to accomodate a large group, said Bob Haney, past commander of the American Legion Dewey Lowman Post 109, which has just over 1,000 members.

"There is a a large need for this," said Dick Paranto, the administrative officer for the Legion Post 109, which was founded in 1934. "Especially in the cohort coming out of Afghanistan and Iraq.

"So many of these guys have PTSD," said Paranto, an Army veteran who served in the Korean War. "A lot of them came back when the country was in a recession and they don't know where to go.

"We encourage all veterans to show up," he said.

 More than 2,100 veterans have used crisis center services at events held throughout the month of June in Phoenix, Ariz., Fayetteville, N.C., El Paso, Texas, Fort Collins, Colo., and St. Louis, Mo., according to American Legion information. 

"We're ready for whoever walks through that door," said American Legion spokeswoman Verna Jones . 

A crisis center will be held at the location during the following times:

• noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday; July 29,

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 30;

• 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Thursday, July 31;

• 8 a.m. to noon Friday, August 1.  

Medical care and assistance with filing VA claims will be among the services offered to veterans, Jones said. 

Representatives from other community organizations and resources, including representatives from the VA, will be in attendance, Jones said.  

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • VA secretary misses the point in defense of his agency

    VA secretary misses the point in defense of his agency

    Secretary Robert McDonald of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs defends his department against critics by reciting the VA's proud history of care to veterans and technological innovation ("VA is critical to medicine and vets," October 23).

  • VA Maryland Health Care System is ready to help

    VA Maryland Health Care System is ready to help

    On Veterans Day we salute and honor the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces. It's a day we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of service members and their families and demonstrate that our gratitude toward veterans is more than mere words.

  • VA saved my dad's sight [Letter]

    I've been wanting to write a thank-you note to the Veterans Health Administration. My father is a veteran and has macular degeneration he has been treated at the VA for over five years. Without all the care, he would be blind by now. So my blue-eyed dad still can drive and take care of his lawn...

  • The VA's dysfunction is driven by a 'culture of fear'

    The VA's dysfunction is driven by a 'culture of fear'

    I read with interest Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald's recent commentary about the truly remarkable accomplishments of top-notch health care professionals affiliated with the Veterans Healthcare Administration ("VA is critical to medicine and vets," Oct. 23).

  • Thanks to all at Baltimore VA Hospital Center [Letter]

    Thanks to all at Baltimore VA Hospital Center [Letter]

    In light of all the negative press that the Veterans Administration's health care system has received, I want to send my sincere thanks and gratitude to the Baltimore VA Hospital Center.

  • VA should not be rewarded [Letter]

    VA should not be rewarded [Letter]

    What a message these so-called lawmakers are sending to government workers by authorizing billions of dollars more to the Department of Veterans Affairs ("Veterans vent about poor VA medical care," July 29).