Vermont Veterans

Some 150 veterans showed up Monday in South Burlington to meet Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peak, who visited Vermont at the invitation of Senator Bernie Sanders. At the first of two town meetings, concerns were aired about problems facing veterans ranging from health care to homelessness, according to WCAX News. Veterans told the VA secretary and Sanders that they're afraid to seek help for post-traumatic stress disorder because of the stigma attached to the diagnosis, Vermont Public Radio

Some 150 veterans showed up Monday in South Burlington to meet Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peak, who visited Vermont at the invitation of Senator Bernie Sanders. At the first of two town meetings, concerns were aired about problems facing veterans ranging from health care to homelessness, according to WCAX News. Veterans told the VA secretary and Sanders that they're afraid to seek help for post-traumatic stress disorder because of the stigma attached to the diagnosis, Vermont Public Radio reported. Peake told reporters the visit to Vermont was a chance to hear from those who need the VA. "They are all concerned about the same thing I'm concerned about; doing what's right by our veterans and making sure that we're providing the services that they need in a timely and customer friendly manner."

Senator Sanders and Secretary also heard from veterans in White River Junction, home of the VA medical center.

To listen to the VPR coverage of the town meeting, click here.