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Vets can speak up at VA talks, task force meeting

Veterans Affairs
November 29. 2017 11:29PM





Veterans can make their voices heard at the Manchester VA Medical Center’s task force meeting today and also at upcoming public discussions in Manchester and Newington that will hone in on certain health care issues that veterans face.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin this past summer called for the establishment of the VA New Hampshire VISION 2025 Task Force at the Medical Center to review the services there and to ensure that the needs of New Hampshire veterans are being met. The task force is comprised of, and collects feedback from, veterans, VA staff and medical experts.

Today the task force meets from 8 a.m. to noon in the first-floor training and education room of VAMC Building 1, located at 718 Smyth Road in Manchester.

In addition, hourlong focus groups, created as a means of gathering input to be presented to the task force and to Shulkin during the ongoing analysis of the Medical Center, are offered. The groups will address one of three topics: medicine and surgery, primary care and mental health, or rehabilitation and extended care.

Friday, Dec. 1, at the Sweeney American Legion Post, 2 Maple St., Manchester, the topic of medicine and surgery will be discussed at 11 a.m., followed by the topic of primary care and mental health at 12:30 p.m. and rehabilitation and extended care at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 8, at the Disabled American Veterans post at 19 River Road in Newington, the topic of medicine and surgery will be discussed at 11 a.m., followed by the topic of primary care and mental health at 12:30 p.m. and rehabilitation and extended care at 2 p.m.

Attendees may participate in as many of the focus groups as they would like.

Both the task force meeting and the focus groups are open to the public.


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