Congress members to frustrated Guam vets: Better health care is on the way

October 5, 2019
Press Release

"Are we a second-class citizen?" Gilbert Alvarez asked at a veterans town hall with visiting members of Congress Friday night.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, and other committee members acknowledged the disparity of care between those on Guam and those in Hawaii or the continental U.S. and vowed to do something about it.

"I hear your frustration," Takano told the crowd of veterans, their families and local government officials.

Hundreds of veterans from different age groups, some in wheelchairs or needing canes, packed the Government House in Agana Heights for the 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. meeting.

The frustrations were endless. A wife of a veteran said they had been fighting for her husband's medical claims for years, only to find out later on that their documents were never processed by Veterans Affairs.

They hope the town hall will translate to better and more care for veterans on Guam.

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