Local veterans talk poor care at community meeting

Local veterans talk poor care at community meeting

Rep. Barbara Norton held a community meeting to give a legislative update to neighbors, and some took the opportunity to speak out about issues they want resolved.
 (Kimberly Rusley)
(Kimberly Rusley)

Representative Barbara Norton held a community meeting Thursday night to give a legislative update to neighbors. Some took the opportunity to speak out about issues they want resolved.

During the meeting, at Winnfield Funeral Home in Shreveport, Rep. Norton told neighbors she wanted them to be informed about issues affecting their communities.

A few local veterans pointed out slow service and neglect at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.

Tony Matthew, Interim Medical Director at Overton Brooks, says they’re working everyday to improve care.

Army Veteran Dexter Mayweather served over 20 years in the military. Now retired, he says the pain in his legs is so bad he can't sleep at night.

Mayweather says he’s been waiting months to get quality care, which includes seeing a neurologist.

“I mean, the pain level, when it's at its worst, it's well over 10, and when I tell you I can't move, when I got dressed to try and go to the VA Hosptial, it took me 30 minutes to put on my sock; one sock," says Mayweather.

After Mayweather gave his story during the meeting, a representative with Overton Brooks said they would call him on Friday, but the Army Vet says he’s already called numerous times.

Army Veteran Major Cooks complains of back and leg pain that he’s experienced over the years. He wants the attitudes of the healthcare professionals at Overton Brooks to change.

"The VA Medical Center is a good place, but the people, some of the doctors that work there is the ones we're having problems with," says Cooks.

Representatives from the Shreveport Police Department, Shreveport City Marshal's Office, the Shreveport Fire Department, Shreveport Regional Airport and other agencies answered questions from the community as well.

Rep. Norton says her ultimate goal was to get the community answers from those that serve them. 

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