Veterans share mixed reviews at Roudebush town hall meeting

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A town hall meeting at Roudebush VA Medical Center was filled with about 30 veterans to share their experience with the hospital.

The meetings are required and a directive of the new VA secretary in the midst of the scandal.

The hospital talked the first half hour about awards and accomplishments. Contrary to what most veterans have told the I-Team 8 over the years, most comments were positive. However, not all of them were as positive.

“I’m going to be quite frank and to the point. This hospital saved my life,” said veteran Kent Morgan.

“I do hear negativity on the news and I have not experienced that,” said another veteran attending the meeting.

David J. Lindauer/Ret. USMC said there are great people who work at the VA, but there is a lot of people who can be rude and obnoxious.

“Your physicians, your staff did it. I didn’t do it on my own. In this command situation you would have been relieved. It’s unset, unprofessional. You have rude personnel here. It needs to be dealt with. And if you’re not getting the information you need to relieve the staff under you you’re not fixing the problem,” said Lindauer.

Many of the veterans questioned why they were not notified of the meeting and said many found out from stories the last two days on 24-Hour News 8.

Roudebush is one of the VA Medical facilities inspected in May and red flagged for another review by the Inspector General.

Secret waiting lists have been uncovered at VA facilities around the country and Roudebush’s union president says wait times were manipulated.

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