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American Legion town hall to focus on Phoenix VA healthcare

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The American Legion will meet in Phoenix to focus on healthcare issues at the Phoenix VA Hospital, the organization announced Thursday.

A public town hall meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at American Legion Post 41 at 715 S. 2nd Ave. in Phoenix.

American Legion healthcare experts will visit the Phoenix VA Health Care System on May 14 and May 15 to interview key administrators, medical staff and patients, the organization said.

The town hall meeting will address the past, present and future of healthcare at the VA medical center, which has come under fire after allegations surfaced it kept a secret list of patients with long-overdue medical appointments. The suspected list has been linked to an investigation into the deaths of at least 40 patients at the facility.

Facilitating the meeting will be Tom Mullon, retired director of the VA medical center in Minneapolis and former VA regional medical director, and Roscoe Butler, retired VA Central Office employee who served as deputy director for business policy and worked at six VA healthcare facilities.

Mullon was a VA employee for more than 40 years and Butler worked there more than 34 years. Both will also conduct interviews at the Phoenix VA facility.

They are members of the American Legion's System Worth Saving Task Force, a program created in 2003 to monitor the quality of healthcare at VA medical centers nationwide.

"We conduct these site visits each year to evaluate and report on the quality of healthcare our veterans are receiving," said Ralph Bozella, chairman of the task force. "Our next report will take a comprehensive look at VA healthcare since we first started evaluating it."

Town hall meetings and hospital visits are conducted by SWS Task Force members who travel to about 15 VA medical centers annually. Task force members write reports based on their findings, which are later released to the public and submitted to Congress, the White House and senior VA leadership.

For more information on the Phoenix town hall meeting, contact Roscoe Butler at The American Legion's Washington Office: rbutler@legion.org mailto:rbutler@legion.org or call (202) 263-5767.

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