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The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is inviting Veterans, their families, Veteran Service Organizations and community health care partners to the following Veteran Town Halls May 20‑22, to learn about and discuss the VA Mission Act and how it impacts VA Community Care.
   —Drummond Island on May 20 at 5 p.m. (Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center, 33494 S. Maxton Rd.)
   —Mackinaw City on May 21 at 11 a.m. (Joint town hall with Saginaw VA at American Legion Post 159 at 106 S. Huron Ave.)
   —Brimley on May 21 at 2 p.m. (Superior Town Hall, 7049 S. M-221)
   —Sault Ste. Marie on May 21 at 5 p.m. (American Legion Post 3, 3 Legion Dr.)
   —Paradise on May 22 at 10 p.m. (Whitefish Twp. Community Center, 7052 M-123)
   —Grand Marais on May 22 at 2:30 p.m. (Burt Twp. Community Center)
   —Manistique on May 22 at 5:30 p.m. (VFW Post 4420)
   —Newberry on May 23 at 10 a.m. (American Legion Post #74)

For those that are unable to come in person, the Sault Ste. Marie town hall will also be streamed live on the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VAIronMountain) and the video post will be available for later viewing. 

Leaders from the VA Medical Center, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and area County Veterans Service Offices will be on hand to present the VA Mission Act, scheduled to be implemented June 2019, and how it better serves Veterans and answer questions attendees may have.

“The VA Mission Act puts the VA at the center of Veteran care to ensure Veterans receive the best care possible, whether in VA facilities or through a community provider,” Brad Nelson, Public Affairs Officer at the Iron Mountain-based VA Medical Center, said.

The town halls are also opportunities for attendees to provide feedback on or ask any question about VA services and benefits.

“These town halls are not limited to those who use our services,” Nelson said. “We welcome any Veterans and their families who may not be enrolled in VA health care to come and ask about services we provide.”

Any questions can be directed to VA Public Affairs Officer Brad Nelson at 906‑774‑3300, ext. 32001.

VA Town hall May 2019

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