St. George Veterans Clinic announces town hall meeting, promotes working together

IVINS – The St. George Veterans’ Outpatient Clinic and the St. George Veteran Center, in support of the realignment taking place within the Department of Veteran Affairs, invite veterans to attend a special evening on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 N. 200 East in Ivins.

The town hall meeting will be an opportunity for veterans to give voice to their concerns and needs as well as to hear from the outpatient clinic and vet center about recent developments in programs offered by the VA such as the new Veteran Choice Card.

The two groups said they believe it’s time to talk together. They expressed their desire for veterans to come to the meeting, meet and get to know one another, get some things straight and learn how to work better together.

Bruce Solomon, readjustment counselor at the St. George Vet Center and chairman of the Veterans Action Council offered some pre-meeting information and protocol to facilitate maximum opportunity for exchange, communication and problem solving.

 Evening schedule and information:

  •  Representatives/staff of the St. George Vet Center and the St. George Community-Based Outpatient Clinic will be in attendance
  •  All veterans served by the vet center and outpatient clinic from Fillmore/Richfield and Kanab/St. George are invited to attend
  •  There will be a brief introduction by representatives of the Southern Utah Veterans Home
  •  The outpatient clinic will have 30 minutes to make their presentation to the assembly
  •  The vet center will have 30 minutes to make their presentation to the assembly
  •  The remaining 60 minutes will be used for general questions and answers to and from the assembly

 Ground rules:

  • There will be a couple of roving personnel who will deliver microphones to members of the assembly who stand up to ask a question or make a comment. Questions shouted from the floor without a microphone will not be acknowledged. Microphones are to be returned to appropriate personnel not handed to the next person
  • All questions addressed to a specific facility will be fielded by an appropriate responder
  • No obscenities, accusations, threats, slurs or verbal tirades are welcome and will not be tolerated. Nothing good results from these tactics and we all expect and deserve to be treated with respect and courtesy. The purpose is to get clear about our future together, not get even about the past
  • Think through your piece before you speak it. Come with solutions and answers so others can get an idea of what you want
  • If you have formal complaints concerning a practice or provider please bring it with you in written form so that it can be entered formally for resolution. Written petitions and or complaints will be directed to the necessary place and personnel

“Please, let’s go into this thing with an attitude of creating a new momentum,” Solomon said in a memo, “and ways to work together to best serve our individual needs, but most importantly, the highest good of all concerned.”

Event details

  • What: Veterans town hall meeting
  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 North 200 East, Ivins

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5 Comments

  • arts and letters January 19, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Wow, the ground rules say a lot about problems here.

    • Koolaid January 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Just means nobody wants to listen to them rant and blame Obama for all their problems and issues.

  • Roger Robinson January 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I can appreciate and support the effort by the Veterans Administration in assisting the growing needs for all Veterans here in Southern Utah. The St. George Clinic and Vet Center have great personnel helping us Veterans.. I encourage all Veterans, spouses and family to attend to know and understand the benefits that are available.. Semper Fi..

  • KOOLAID. January 20, 2015 at 9:10 am

    We need to give more free stuff to people who have worked 18-24 months. I had to take care of a lot I mean a lot of women while their husbands where gone. Do I get a benefit? Nope. But I live by the rule it’s better to give than it is to recieve. And I gave a lot.

  • Roger Robinson January 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Some gave a little and Some gave everything..

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