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Region 4 REPORT
Going Great Guns

In Region 4, we are going great guns. New chapters have been started in Georgia, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico.

I have made sure to visit each State Council since I was elected. I have enjoyed the warmth I felt at each State Council meeting. I only wish I could have attended the entire Alabama State Council meeting, but Delta Airlines had a different idea.

Last December, Barry Hagge and I visited the Puerto Rico State Council. We were given a tour of the VA Medical Center. While it looked great on the outside, the conditions are deplorable. The waiting areas are cramped; the parking is severely inadequate. If you have an appointment at 2 p.m. you had better get there at 9 a.m. to try to find a parking space. Forget trying to find a handicap space.

On the entire island of Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands, there is only one VA hospital and five satellite clinics. The PTSD Clinic is only able to see ninety patients per month. They just don’t have the staff or the space.
I would like to thank Jorge Pedroza and all the VVA members in Puerto Rico for their hospitality.

All of the State Council presidents have been working hard. I just can’t thank them enough. Their hard work has made my job so much easier. I have been able to establish communication lines with all the State Council officers, chapter officers, and members of this Region.

I will be there for all our VVA and AVVA members in Region 4.



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