Veterans voice concerns to VA officials at town hall meeting - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Veterans voice concerns to VA officials at town hall meeting

Several female veterans were also in attendance, asking for updates on services for women veterans. (Source: KXXV) Several female veterans were also in attendance, asking for updates on services for women veterans. (Source: KXXV)
TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) -

Dozens of veterans met with VA leaders in Temple Thursday night to address different concerns regarding the VA.

The VA hosts town hall meetings similar to this every few months.

"We're in the healthcare business. This is a people business. So it's important for us to come out, interact with our veterans face to face. They get to know who we are, we get to know who they are and work through their issues together," Christopher Sandles,  Director of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, said.

Questions ranged from medications to veteran hiring guidelines to issues with restrictions to a specific gym at the VA.

"We have had a lot of issues that have been resolved when we come to the town hall meetings," Tim Kidder, a veteran, said.

Kidder and his wife attended Thursday's meeting to ask more questions, in hopes of getting more answers.

"One was my meds and the other is where my disability travel pay was going," Kidder said.

Several female veterans were also in attendance, asking for updates on services for women veterans.

"One in particular lack of providers for female veterans and that was addressed by the director," Adrienne Evans-Quickley, President of the Women's Army Corps of Veterans Association Chapter 94, said.

Director Sandles explained they are having a hard time staffing primary care doctors after people leave.

Evans-Quickley also asked for an update on the women's trauma recovery center that is moving to Waco.

"All veterans have a voice. All speak of their concerns and can get answers here. And we can hear each other and relate to what others are saying. Women veterans as well as men veterans," Yvonne Anthony Harrell, a member of the Women's Army Corps of Veterans Association Chapter 94, said.

Director Sandles promised to check on each veterans situation and get back to them.

"When I say I'm going to take a look at something, I do that," Sandles said.

Kidder said the follow up from VA staff is the most important thing.

" When they call us back up and say here's what we found out. This, this and that. And we're getting answers," Kidder said.

Copyright 2018 KXXV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

    Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:47 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:47:40 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 10:40 AM EDT2018-04-25 14:40:18 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). CIA director Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo arrive for a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). CIA director Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo arrive for a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington.

    As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to...

    More >>

    As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to clean up the mess.

    More >>
  • Jury to deliberate after Cosby painted as predator, victim

    Jury to deliberate after Cosby painted as predator, victim

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:26:54 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 10:40 AM EDT2018-04-25 14:40:05 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    More >>

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    More >>
  • Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court's last arguments

    Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court's last arguments

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:49 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:49:52 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 10:39 AM EDT2018-04-25 14:39:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko). In this April 23, 2018, photo, people wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, to be in the gallery when the court hears arguments in on April 25, over President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several mostl...(AP Photo/Jessica Gresko). In this April 23, 2018, photo, people wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, to be in the gallery when the court hears arguments in on April 25, over President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several mostl...

    The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last, weighing President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

    More >>

    The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last, weighing President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly