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Veterans express frustration at VA town hall

This comes after a New York Times article that was released earlier this week claimed the Roseburg VA intentionally turned sick veterans away to boost their care.

Posted: Jan 4, 2018 7:59 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2018 8:03 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Tensions were high during the town hall meeting Thursday night at the VA Healthcare Center in Eugene.

This comes after a New York Times article that was released earlier this week claimed the Roseburg VA intentionally turned sick veterans away to boost their care.

More than 50 people packed the lobby of the center. The medical center director and other executives from both the Eugene and Roseburg VA spoke about a variety of topics including the suicide prevention programs they offer.

However, things escalated when speakers addressed the New York Times article

At one point, members of the audience were so outraged by executives’ response they left the room.

KEZI spoke to some veterans who attended the meeting who had differing views on the services offered by the VA.

"When I read that I was pretty shocked that occurred,” said Frank Harper. “But I guarantee you that from now on I don't think that's going to happen.”

“It's irritating, it makes us want to give up,” said David Newton. “I'm a fighter, I’ll never back down. I don't care how big they are, how tall they are, how wide they are something needs to get done because they're getting away with it."

Shanon Goodwin, the Public Affairs Officer with the Roseburg VA said the article was false and there is no proof for the allegations.

Goodwin said the Roseburg and Eugene VA follow the InterQual Criteria when it comes to admitting veterans which is standard practice across the nation.

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