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Feb 18 2018

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VFW District 10’s Post 1503 Hosts Congressman Wittman Veterans’ Forum

 

 February 17, 2018 Dale City Virginia. VFW Post 1503 hosted a Veterans Forum with Congressman Rob Wittman, Mike Carr, Deputy Director, VA Benefits Assistance Service; and Lawrence B. Connell, Acting VA Medical Center Director, Washington D.C
The purpose of this forum was to offer veterans of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Veterans Administration and Congressman Wittman about VA benefits and services. 

Also participating were James Sanders, Director of Quantico and Alexandria National Cemeteries as well as representatives from the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs. Every one of these individuals spoke candidly with considerable knowledge of their respective areas.  The National Cemetery Administration also had its mobile outreach vehicle at the Post.

Armed Forces Veterans for all over Northern Virginia including: Fauquier, Fairfax, Arlington, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Prince William Counties, participated.

 

Some of the issues voiced were: 

My case has been under review for 29 months, why…

My service medical record says I have hearing loss, but the VA disagrees, why…

My husband cannot prove his service incurred health problem while he was attached to NATO, how to fix…

Why does the VA clinic in the Fort Belvoir Hospital send me to the VA hospital in DC for an x-ray…

Why are VA forms so hard to fill out…

My doctor has not been paid by the VA since mid-November, why…

 

All of issues were addressed by Congressman Wittman and the panel of VA experts with those that need resolution taken back to the Congressman’s office and the VA for action.   Overall, the veterans present appreciate the efforts of the tough work of our Veterans Administration, but all agree that more work needs to be done.

District 10 particularly thanks Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown for his outstanding personal effort to make this event so valuable to the hundreds of veterans that participated.

VFW District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson  has said, “I have known Congressman Wittman for a number of years and can say that he is a staunch supporter of veterans’ issues and welfare. We have received numerous accolades for this event!  And District 10 is  pleased that VFW Post 1503 was able to provide the venue.”  

 

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