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VA to host Town Hall Meeting this Thursday

Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center (LAJVAMC) has scheduled four community town hall events in the W. Va. counties where its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) are located, Including Braxton County. The meetings are intended to provide local Veterans with a wide-open forum and for VA officials to hear directly from beneficiaries as a step toward improvement and obtaining valuable feedback from the Veterans and communities the VA serves. LAJVAMC will be introducing the hospital’s leadership staff, educating the community about nationwide and local VA initiatives, and discussing the operations and staffing at the four CBOCs.

Locally, the meeting will be held at the Braxton County Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM.

Among the VA initiatives that will be discussed at the town halls are the PACT Act and COMPACT Act. The PACT Act, or The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, was signed into law Aug. 10, 2022, expanding VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. The COMPACT Act, or Veterans Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment Act of 2020 allows for Veterans in suicidal crisis to go to any health care facility, at the VA or in the community, for free emergency health care.

The meeting is open to the public and the media. The VA is inviting Congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and other community partners.