BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A local veterans group is raising an alarm bell about the possibility that V-A health care could be privatized.
The local Stu Naismith chapter of Veterans For Peace is hosting a discussion tomorrow with author Suzanne Gordon.
In her recent book, "Wounds of War," Gordon describes what she sees as the good and bad of last year's Mission Act.
In response to the controversy over delays in receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the act, among other things made it easier for vets to seek care from private doctors.
Gordon says this could be a trojan horse, a means to putting the VA on a course toward full privatization.
Veterans For Peace President Jack Gilroy says most veterans prefer going to the VA. "The Veterans Administration is better to them than just simply going to a local doctor because they know their needs. They know their issues. It's an integrated system from dieticians and nutritionists to psychologists, psychiatrists, and surgical, medical care as well. It's an integrated system that they don't find in the private sector."
The free event takes place tomorrow at 10 AM at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Riverside Drive next to Lourdes.
It will begin with a discussion, then participants will hear from Gordon over speaker phone from San Francisco.
There will also be live music, food and drinks.