ST. LOUIS - Veterans looking to get help filing their medical claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs got some help doing so Tuesday in downtown St. Louis.
The American Legion is holding its Crisis Command Center at the St. Louis University law clinic downtown. At the event, veterans can enroll with the VA or have their claims filed by people on staff.
Verna Jones works for the American Legion. She told NewsChannel 5 her organization picked St. Louis as a site for its center because it appeared veterans in the St. Louis area needed extra assistance.
Earlier this summer, it was discovered that over the last decade, nearly 1,400 patients seeking an appointment at the St. Louis VA Medical Center were never seen.
"It's sad to see veterans have to be in crisis because a system they fought for failed them," Jones said.
Army Veteran Ulysses Evans went to the center Tuesday. He said he had been waiting for his claim to be approved for close to five years.
"It seems as an individual, or a veteran, you're not heard," he said.
The crisis command center will continue through Friday at the SLU law clinic. On Wednesday and Thursday, it will operate from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. On Friday, it will operate from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.