Albany Veteran has meeting with VA officials to express concerns

Albany Veteran has meeting with VA officials to express concerns
Willie Ross, Veteran
Willie Ross, Veteran

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany Veteran talks to a top Veterans Affairs official in Washington to demand better healthcare.

"They gave me some more promises you know that things gone better and I've been hearing this for over two years now," said Willie Ross, Veteran.

Willie Ross has been dissatisfied with the care he gets from the VA in Albany for quite a while.
Thursday, he got his wish to explain his concerns to VA officials.

Officials at Congressman Sanford Bishop's Office helped facilitate the phone meeting, hoping it's one step towards getting the care Ross wants.

WALB's cameras weren't allowed inside Congressman Sanford Bishop's Albany office for the call between Vietnam War Veteran Willie Ross and Veteran Health Administration Chief of Staff Vivica Wright.
Ross takes numerous medications for his heart problems and has been unhappy with his care from the VA.
Ross says he's giving the VA  a deadline to come up with a plan to provide better healthcare services for him and other veterans.

"If I don't hear from them by 2:00 o'clock Wednesday I'm going on a hunger strike and I mean it this time and I'm going to stop eating until they make a decision on how to make my health better," said Ross.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released this statement:

"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to not only providing Veterans with the quality care they have earned and deserve, but also protecting their privacy. We appreciate your advocacy, and that of Congressman Bishop, on behalf of this Veteran. We take his concerns very seriously and are doing everything possible to ensure those concerns are addressed."

Ross is also asking churches to step up and help veterans.

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