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Oct 10, 2012 9:44 AM by Chris Welty

Veterans Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for Today

A town hall meeting is scheduled today for veterans looking to get answers as to when a VA Clinic could open in Lafayette.

"The VA has been very difficult to work with. It's one of the most bureaucratic and incompetent departments," said Congressman Doctor Charles Boustany.

Since 2008 Boustany, other politicians, and veterans have been pushing for a veterans clinic in Lafayette. Boustany like countless veterans is tired of the red tape and is ready to see results.

"The VA is definitely behind the times when meeting the needs of vets in Louisiana to say the least," said Retired Air Force Captain Charles Trenchard.

"Let's get it done. I can tell you I just sent another letter to General Shinseki urging him to move forward on this. Come down here and face our veterans. As a general who has served in the armed forces, he knows. I want him to come down here and face our veterans and explain what's going on and why we've had to deal with these incompetencies," said Boustany.

So far there's no new update on which of the four possible locations could be home to the new VA clinic. Boustany is urging veterans to stay persistent until their goal is accomplished.

"We will get a veterans clinic that will provide not only primary care, but good specialty services here."

The town hall for veterans meeting is today at American Legion Post 69 on Surrey Street in Lafayette. An enrollment drive starts at 9:00 with the town hall at 11:30.

Chris Welty



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