Town hall answers questions for local veterans

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Several dozen veterans packed a room inside the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Cambria County to learn about medical coverage opportunities.

One local veteran told WTAJ the biggest problem is not knowing what services are available.  Inside the town hall, veterans were able to ask questions about programs, services, and eligibility.

“There are a lot of veterans out there that aren’t taking advantage of the programs, like they probably should be,” Marlin Plymette said.  Plymette was one veteran who took advantage of the event and asked his questions to the VA Medical Center.

“There’s always different questions the veterans ask,” Charles Becker, who is with the VA Medical Center in Altoona, told us.  “You never know exactly what we’re going to get today.”

They hold the meeting quarterly throughout the region and Tuesday they met with veterans in Cambria County.

“Veterans have earned the right to VA care and we’re here to provide that.  This is just another forum where we can make sure they have all the information they need,” Becker added.

Plymette said he wanted to hear about the current status of the VA, as well as learn more about the Veteran’s Choice Program, which helps veterans see a physician if there’s no available healthcare through the VA within 40 miles of their home.

“It’s very strict, but there are some opportunities if you can’t see a doctor at the VA.  You can be directed and can get your healthcare through a local physician and still be covered through the VA,” Plymette explained.

The town hall also allowed the veterans to connect and share information for future veteran events.

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