Meeting set to hear Indy veteran concerns

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Monday night veterans will have a chance to speak out about the care they have received at the VA Roudebush Medical Center in Indianapolis.

The American Legion is holding town hall meetings across the country. At the Phoenix, Arizona one, a veteran said it is virtually impossible to reach somebody over the telephone in the clinics. Phoenix whistle blowers say 40 veterans died amid secret waiting lists.

Earlier this year, I-Team 8 reported in Indianapolis at the Roudebush VA Medical Center at least eight patients died from 2003-2011 in what the VA classified as a wrongful death.

”Any death is tragic. Preventable deaths are unacceptable,” said American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger.

When the American Legion called for the resignations of the top three at Veterans Affairs, I-Team 8 asked if the American Legion was meeting with anyone at Roudebush or the VA Medical Office. The answer was no, but that changed the next day.

Dellinger said any issues at Roudebush weren’t on the American Legion’s radar. The legion hopes to find out more Monday night.

“Even at the town hall meetings we invite the hospitals and their reps to come,” Dellinger said.

Sometimes they do, he said.

Any veteran — not just American Legion members — is welcome to share their experience at Roudebush at the American Legion on Georgetown Road. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. There will be legion service officers to help.

Tuesday and Wednesday the legion will conduct on-site visits at Roudebush to talk to patients, staff and administrators.

24-Hour News 8 will attend the meeting. Tune in to WISH-TV at 11 p.m. for a full report.

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