CBS19: Thousands participated in town hall on issues impacting veterans


Thousands of people participated in a telephone town hall concerning issues facing veterans.

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger hosted the town hall on Wednesday with representatives from the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.

According to a release, more than 9,000 people joined the call, which was focused on veterans and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions from veterans, caregivers and families addressed mental health challenges, veteran homelessness, inflation, workforce training, benefits and more.

“Virginia’s veterans and military families represent the best of our Commonwealth, and we should always strive to mirror their example while recognizing their selfless service. But we also have a sacred responsibility to make sure they receive the benefits and care they have earned, and this week’s telephone town hall was an opportunity for thousands of our region’s veterans to learn more about the issues others might also be facing and the resources available to them,” said Spanberger. “During our event, we heard from many veterans and loved ones about real challenges they face on a daily basis. I am hopeful that our discussion was productive and helpful, and I would like to thank the Virginia Department of Veterans Services for sharing their expertise with our community. If a Central Virginia veteran was unable to have their question answered or needs assistance with the VA or any other agency, I hope they will not hesitate to reach out to my office.”

A recording of the town hall can be watched to here.

Central Virginians who would like to contact Spanberger’s office regarding issues with federal agencies, programs or benefits can fill out this form.

And the VDVS offers several resources including assistance with legal issues, housing, suicide prevention and more, all of which can be found here.

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