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CBS19: Issues affecting veterans focus of telephone town hall

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More than 5,300 people participated in a telephone town hall that focused on the issues facing veterans in Central Virginia.

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger hosted the event with representatives from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.

“Last night’s event was an opportunity to hear directly from Central Virginia veterans about the challenges they are facing as we rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout the pandemic, my team has heard from hundreds of veterans and their families about continued issues with healthcare access, benefits, and proper recognition of their service,” said Spanberger. “Our veterans deserve the strongest possible support we can provide, and I encourage anyone experiencing continued issues with the VA to please reach out to my office.”

During the town hall, veterans, their caregivers and their families requested information on several topics, including VA benefits, backlogged claims, transportation issues, Agent Orange exposure, mental health concerns, and veteran homelessness.

To listen to a recording of the town hall, click here.