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Jackson VA Med. Center hosts veterans town hall meeting in Hattiesburg

Veterans and representatives of the VA Medical Center in Jackson meet during a town hall in Hattiesburg Wednesday. Veterans and representatives of the VA Medical Center in Jackson meet during a town hall in Hattiesburg Wednesday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Representatives of the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson were in Hattiesburg Wednesday, to listen to the concerns of local veterans during a veterans town hall.

It was held at the Hattiesburg Salvation Army.

Organizers answered questions about staffing, customer service, prescription drug coverage and other issues.

For more than a year, the center has hosted similar town halls in Jackson. But, it has now begun hosting them in cities with VA clinics, such as Hattiesburg, Greenwood and Meridian.  

Some veterans who attended said the meeting was a great idea, while others said there should have been more publicity about it.

"There were some veterans here that did have some problems, they were able to interface with a Veterans Administration person. so it's good," said Robert Hall, a Marine Corps veteran from Hattiesburg.  

"For me, I got a chance to hear some valuable information," said Phillip Weary, an Army veteran from Petal. "The bad is they didn't let the veterans know about it." 

"We will do a better job (of publiczing the event) the next time, because our goal is actually have the seats filled, so that every veteran that has an issue or wants to actually bring something up or ask a question, we can do that," said David Walker, director of the VA Medical Center. 

Other upcoming town halls will be held in McComb, Natchez, Kosciusko, Greenville and Columbus. 

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