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VA officials talk health care conditions

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This after officials asked veterans to write down their questions. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) This after officials asked veterans to write down their questions. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Dozens heard from Veteran Affairs officials for the first time Friday. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Dozens heard from Veteran Affairs officials for the first time Friday. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Dozens heard from Veteran Affairs officials for the first time Friday.

Acting Deputy Jan Murphy and the Memphis VA director answered questions with Congressman Steve Cohen, but veterans didn't feel like they were heard.

The town hall didn't get off to an orderly start. This after officials asked veterans to write down their questions.

"We've got real issues, and we don't have time for red tape, and bureaucracy, and congressionals. We need somebody to come through and watch and see how they treat us right now," said veteran Dennis Spain.

Veterans spoke for almost an hour, coming up to the microphone, despite the prepared questions. They asked about wait times, scheduling, and overall treatment from VA staff.

"You all should go there, pretend like you're a vet, and see what kind of service you get, "said veteran Rachel Jamison.

Officials responded to their questions and concerns. Cohen, who called the meeting, says by his accounts it was a success, but there is a lot of work ahead.

"The system is the system. They've been in the military, we're gonna try to do all that we can to make sure that Democrats and Republicans come together, and we're gonna come together on a bill," he said.

Veterans who submitted personal questions will get a response by the end of business day on Monday.

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