Feedback Split at Second VA Town Hall

MEDFORD, Ore. — Thursday the White City VA facility held it’s second town hall. Just over two months ago, the first town hall left some veterans frustrated. Many say they felt silenced when they were told they could not speak to the media without the proper signed forms. After the first meeting we asked the … Continue reading »

Veterans Seek Easier Access to Help

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local veterans are getting the chance to share their stories with the local VA officials, and many say it’s not easy to get help or resources. Perhaps the ultimate symptom of the challenges is the veteran suicide rate in which about 20 American hero’s take their own lives each day. If veterans … Continue reading »

White City Responds To Veteran Concerns

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The VA Domiciliary’s director in White City finally responded to NewsWatch 12’s request for an interview Tuesday. Veterans are getting a chance to say what they want about the care they are receiving at the White City Dom. NewsWatch 12 was at the town hall meeting last Friday where veterans say … Continue reading »

Veterans Feel Silenced After VA Meeting

WHITE CITY, Ore. —  Veterans are dissatisfied after the White City VA promised an open public forum Friday night, but restricted their ability to speak. Residents at the facility were prevented from talking to media or even home videographers unless they signed a waiver. However, waivers were not brought to the meeting in the first … Continue reading »

American Legion Reaches Out to Veterans

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The American Legion will help local Veterans by holding a town hall meeting to discuss the quality of health care that they are receiving from Department of Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC) and other VA facilities. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 22nd at the Jackson County … Continue reading »

Oregon Veteran Suicide On The Rise

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority recently released a study that said suicide is the number one cause of death for Oregon veterans under 45 who likely served in Iraq or Afghanistan. On average, from 2008 to 2012, veteran suicide increased from about 40 suicides per 100,000 people to nearly 50. The study … Continue reading »

FBI Investigating VA Facilities

(CNN) — The Federal Bureau of Investigations is now involved in the investigation into allegations of excessive wait times at Veterans Affairs facilities. The Justice Department asked the FBI to help review key documents, according to law enforcement officials. This is the first involvement by the FBI in the review being led by the VA … Continue reading »

VA Releases Nationwide Audit Information

(CNN) — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the results from its Nationwide Access Audit, along with facility level patient access data, medical center quality data, and mental health provider survey data, for all Veterans health facilities. The VA’s have been under the microscope since the “secret waiting” list cover-ups, as well as … Continue reading »

VA Officials Under Fire from House

(CNN) — It is still unclear whether three top officials at Veterans Affairs will show up for a House hearing Wednesday night. Lawmakers want to grill them about reports of excessively long treatment delays at VA Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. and other VA medical facilities. Last week, the VA’s office of Inspector General said it … Continue reading »

President Speaks About VA Hospitals

(CNN) — American’s are remembering the nation’s fallen heroes today. These are the men and women who have given their lives in defense of the nation. There are Memorial day ceremonies happening across the country. President Obama participated in a wreath laying ceremony and delivered a speech at Arlington National Cemetery today. During his remarks … Continue reading »

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