Veterans Sound Off About Care Concerns At Forum With Congressmen

By Jeff Neumeyer

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A heavy hitter on veterans’ issues in Congress breezed into Fort Wayne Tuesday, to hear how local veterans think they could be better served by the VA Hospital.

It comes at a critical time in dealing with a variety of employment and health care concerns for veterans.

Veterans who served in Korea, Vietnam, or even World War Two often have health challenges unique to an aging population.

Add to that, thousands of young veterans are coming home after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan with their own issues.

Indiana Third District Congressman Marlin Stutzman hosted Florida Congressman Jeff Miller for a tour of the local VA facility.

Miller is the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

After that, the two representatives attended a forum with veterans.

Stutzman emphasized a new annex to the VA Hospital is set to provide mental health services in Fort Wayne.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman/(R) Indiana 3rd District: " It's supposed to be up and running by 2015 by Congressional law, hopefully it'll be up and running before that and also the commitment that we are seeing from the VA. You know, is it perfect, no. But at the same time we do hear from a lot of our veterans, that the services that they receive there are good services."

One recurring complaint expressed at the forum dealt with a perception that the Veterans Administration is ill equipped to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Congressman Miller says the federal government needs to put more resources into expanded mental health services, to head off cases of suicide.

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