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Dellinger heads to Phoenix

Dellinger heads to Phoenix

American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger will join members of the Legion's System Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force at a town hall meeting in Phoenix on May 13. The meeting, open to the public, will focus on the quality of health care veterans are receiving from the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

The SWS team will also conduct a site visit at the Phoenix VA facility May 14-15 where they will interview key administrators, medical staff and patients to hear firsthand about issues veterans are currently experiencing at the facility. Other attendees will include representatives from Concerned Veterans for America, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The town hall meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Tony F. Soza-Ray Martinez Thunderbird Post 41, 715 S. 2nd Ave., in Phoenix. Those who have served in the U.S. military, especially veterans receiving health care at the Phoenix VA facility, are encouraged to attend.

On May 5, Dellinger called for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, saying that his tenure is "a story of poor oversight and failed leadership." He also called for the resignations of Robert Petzel and Allison Hickey, VA's under secretaries for health and benefits, respectively.

 

 

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Chuck Duke

May 13, 2014 - 1:10pm

What a bunch of idiots. The VA has NOT done as good of a job as they are required to. Perhaps mr. Doherty should go to school and learn to spell also. Just because you are a COMBAT veteran doesn't mean you are any better than a NON COMBAT veteran. Grow up people!!

Edward J. Roach Jr.

May 12, 2014 - 8:36pm

The Ladies Aux. was very much a factor in the 1940's to get signatures across the country in support of the WW11 GI bill of RIGHTS, and it was passed. Thank You Ladies Aux. and Juniors.

Larry McMullen

May 12, 2014 - 1:32pm

I guess we should ask for the Legion Commander's resignation since there are Legion Post that have money missing throughout the states. I am sure his responsibility is the same as Secretary. Instead of criticizing the VA why not get onto Congress for allowing years of this type of nonservice to Veterans. Maybe the 40 lives could have been saved.

mgysgte9

May 8, 2014 - 5:29pm

I will turn in my membership to day what a joke of the American legion

Mark Sutton

May 12, 2014 - 10:08am

It is unfortunate that the death of 40 veterans in Arizona because of the lack of attention by the VA is a joke to you. Maybe you don't see anything wrong with VAMC and RO Directors getting bonuses for bad work even if it kills veterans. Maybe The American Legion ideal of veteran serving veteran is not agreable to you.

Chris Heil

May 9, 2014 - 11:01am

I agree with your statement General Sencacki did a great job with the VA, the national commander should support the general in his job instead of criticize him. If the national commander could do a better job, why was he not appointed to the job.

Becky

May 8, 2014 - 10:25pm

Back off having the guts to call what has been years of rules over treatment of veterans is a fact.

Larry McMullen

May 12, 2014 - 2:30pm

How true!! And how many more Veterans have died!! Where were our Veterans Organizations?

John A Doherty, Combat Seabee, Viet Nam

May 8, 2014 - 4:26pm

Who is this NON Combat, NON Viet Nam Captain. What experience does he have running a Hospital? Where is his evidence and facts? Where are the Bodies? My advise, Back Off Cowboy! Let IG do their job. Your a big organization alright filled with Not only NON Combat Veterans, but with Non Veterans. Ya, Sons & Daughters of Veterans with NO service in the military. Please Don't brake your arm trying to pat yourself on the back! Finally, Thanks for running off a lot of Veterans who need the VA and are now affair to ask for HELP! NICE JOB

Mark Sutton

May 12, 2014 - 10:21am

When did one serving in combat become a requirement for speaking out on the care of veterans at the VA? When did veteran serving veteran come with a "see footnotes"*? Excuse me for being a part of a unit that was never called to deploy. Why is my wife and mother not allowed to be a part of a organization that supports veterans, they did a darn good job supporting me when I was deployed, no reason they can not continue. Vietnam veterans have hated the VA for decades and those who are being helped by accredited veteran service officers are eliminating that fear of the VA because of the support The American Legion gives them.

mach2

May 8, 2014 - 11:17pm

That's bs and you know it Dohtery. I'm shocked that you said that almost to believing you accepted compensation for it. I'm a Nam Vet as well and we all need to stick together and cover each other's 6. No one ran off any vets. Your statements don't help. If you were lucky to come back with all your parts and everything working then God Bless but many did not. They are being denied the falsely bragged assistance Our leaders in DC so often put out.

Ed Mangan

May 8, 2014 - 2:17pm

I must have missed the article when Commander Dellinger told Obama to resign, because Obama is hiding the truth of the 4 Americans killed in Libya. He and his administration has lied and falsified documents about those 4 deaths. Obama should resign if we follow Dellinger's lead.

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