American Legion responding to VA crisis in Phoenix

PHOENIX - The American Legion is responding to the VA crisis in Phoenix.

Veterans’ crisis care clinics are set to begin Tuesday, according to Beth Nehring, the membership director for the Arizona American Legion.

The American Legion will also host a Monday town hall on the VA issue.

John Simo plans to attend the town hall and the clinic.

The Air Force veteran feels “forgotten,” saying he’s waited more than 18 months for a primary care appointment.

“I don’t want to be ill,” said Simo, who wants to know if he has any health issues.

About 1,700 veterans were “at risk of being lost or forgotten” at the Phoenix VA, according to a report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general.

One goal of the clinics is to address those 1,700 people, Nehring said.

VA officials will be on hand at the clinics to schedule appointments, Nehring said.

Vets will also have the ability to work through benefits claims and get counseling.

An effort is underway to secure a mobile medical unit for health workers to assess vets on site, Nehring said.

American Legion town hall regarding VA situation:

Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m.

Post 1

364 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix

American Legion Emergency Clinics for Veterans:

American Legion 'Veterans Crisis Command Center'

364 N. 7th Avenue,  Phoenix

June 10: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

June 11 & 12: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

June 13: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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