- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The American Legion will send enrollment and benefit experts to a West Texas city amid concerns over wait times for veterans seeking government health care.

The patriotic veterans group on Wednesday also announced plans for a town hall meeting next week in El Paso on medical assistance delays.

A recent Veterans Affairs Department audit found the El Paso VA center was fourth-worst nationally for mental health help. Veterans waited an average 60 days to get an appointment with a specialist.

Members of a health care task force will hold a town hall meeting Monday night at American Legion Post 58 in El Paso. A crisis center will be operated at the post next Tuesday through Friday.

The American Legion recently opened similar crisis centers in Phoenix and Fayetteville, North Carolina.




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