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American Legion to host Gurnee meeting on Lovell Center

Updated: December 30, 2012 3:32PM



The American Legion will host a town hall meeting for women veterans Dec. 2 in Gurnee focusing on the overall quality of health care for women veterans at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 749 Milwaukee Ave. Representatives from the Legion’s national headquarters will attend.

American Legion representatives will also visit the Lovell facility to interview patients, staff and administrators.

“We conduct these site visits each year to evaluate and report on the quality of health care our veterans are receiving,” said Jacob Gadd, the Legion’s deputy director of health. “Our next report will focus on the health-care needs of women veterans.”

Women who have served in the armed forces and are currently receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs are encouraged to participate in the meeting. Local members of all veterans service organizations are also welcome to attend.

“The input and feedback that we receive from women veterans during these town hall meetings helps us understand firsthand what challenges and recommendations they have for improving their medical care,” Gadd said.

The meeting and hospital visit are part of the Legion’s “System Worth Saving Task Force” that travels annually to about 20 VA medical centers nationwide. The task force compiles an annual report based on its findings and submits it to Congress, the White House and senior VA leadership.

Legion officials said women now make up about 15 percent of the country’s 1.4 million service members, and account for 1.8 million of the country’s 23 million veterans. About 340,000 women veterans are currently enrolled in the VA health-care system.

For more information on the meeting, contact Gadd at jgadd@legion.org.



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