The American Legion will host a town hall for veterans and their family members to share their experiences at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center next week.

The Legion, a nonprofit made up of nearly 2 million American war veterans, launched an initiative called System Worth Saving in 2003.

Through the program, national Legion leadership visits various Veterans Affairs medical facilities and, while in town, they meet with local veterans to discuss problems and possible solutions at each site.

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The program was temporarily suspended during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic but is back on and this week, the Legion announced that they would be visiting Tuscaloosa next Monday.

Their time here will include a free, public System Worth Saving town hall at 6 p.m. in the Belk Activity Center community room at Bowers Park. No registration or RSVP is required.

Veterans and their family members will be able to share their experiences at and with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center directly with Autrey James, the chairman of the Legion's Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission.

“In the past six months, The American Legion has restarted these vital visits after a pause during the pandemic,” James said in a press release.“We’ve held town halls on both coasts, in the Bronx and in Sacramento. Now, we are conducting a visit in the south so we can learn more about what issues and concerns veterans here have. We’ll then work together with VA representatives to improve health care for veterans in and around Tuscaloosa.”

The American Legion SWS Town Hall is set for 6 p.m. at the community room of the Belk Activity Center at 21021 Bowers Park Drive in Tuscaloosa.

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