VA Medical Center in Philly looks to strengthen relationship with local vets

Justin Udo
November 27, 2018 - 6:25 pm
Veterans Affairs in Philadelphia works to make sure the region's veterans are well taken of.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Veterans Affairs in Philadelphia works to make sure the region's veterans are well taken of.

For Marine Veteran Frank Cacciavillano, knowing what benefits he's entitled to from Veterans Affairs is something he must stay up to date on.

"I think it's an across the board problem as far as Veterans being unaware of the proper care we would actually need that would fit our problems," he said.  

Officials at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia want Frank and other vets to be better informed on their benefits.

"Having someone that is an expert at deciphering that code and giving it to them in laymans is a great opportunity," said medical center spokesperson Jonathan Hodges.

They took a step towards doing such on Tuesday by hosting a town hall, something Hodges says is much needed.

"We have not only the Veteran's health administration, but we also have the benefits administration, along with the national cemetery here as well," he said. 

Cacciavillano says the meeting makes him cautiously optimistic about future interactions with the VA.

"Maybe this can share a little bit of information," he said, "where we can move forward in more productive and sufficient way." 

He says he's going to use lessons learned from the town hall to help other veterans.  

"One of my goals going through the process has been to try to accumulate that information, and share it with other veterans. We always seem to be the best help for us," he added.