Angered by an Internet report stating that patients at the, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, LA, lack basic essentials, such as clean linens, toothpaste, tooth brushes and pajamas, and American Legion National Commander Mike Helm promised immediate assistance from The American Legion.
“The American Legion will provide $5,000 in comfort items to the facility through our Operation Comfort Warriors program,” Helm said. “If more is needed, more will be provided. While The American Legion family is more than happy to provide this assistance, it is very disturbing that such help is needed. I plan to share my concerns with VA Secretary Robert McDonald and ask the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a full investigation and correct any deficiencies that exist.”
The American Legion will deliver the comfort items to veterans at Overton Brooks VAMC on Oct. 7.
According to a report on Watchdog.org, the Overton Brooks VAMC spent approximately $3 million on a solar project while patients and nurses have to search for toiletries. The report also stated that laundry is outsourced to a facility 125 miles from the hospital, leading to shortages of clean serviceable linens.
“The American Legion has repeatedly said that VA care is very good if you can get access to it,” Helm said. “I certainly hope that situations like what is being reported about Overton Brooks are rare.”