American Legion holds town hall for veterans

PHOENIX (AP) — Dozens of people have packed a town hall in Phoenix to discuss lapses in medical care for veterans amid an investigation into whether administrators maintained an off-the-books list to conceal lengthy wait times in Arizona.

The commander of the American Legion, Dan Dillinger, started Tuesday's meeting by saying the problems go far beyond what has happened in Phoenix.

He and other veterans who spoke out during the meeting cited examples in Texas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio and other states.

Dillinger says the legion is anxiously awaiting the findings of the Inspector General's investigation, but he already knows there's a pattern of unresponsiveness that seems to have infected the entire system.

Dillinger plans to share what he learns Tuesday with federal lawmakers when he testifies before a U.S. Senate committee in later this week.

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