Veterans voice concerns to new Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Director

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The new director of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center wants veterans to know she stands behind the acronym “I.C.A.R.E” which stands for integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.

Maryalice Morro is a retired U.S. Navy Captain. She served as Chief of Staff for Navy Medicine’s East Region and a Commanding Officer at Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. She also served around the world in Spain, England, Japan, and on board USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

She has been on the job as the new director at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center for only four days.

“I’m proud of my service,” says Morro. “I’m proud to be a veteran and I’m absolutely thrilled to be a veteran taking care of veterans.”

More than 400 Middle Georgia veterans crowded into the medical center’s auditorium in Dublin for a town hall meeting Thursday. One by one, veterans spoke out about the lack of healthcare they are receiving.

“Why does somebody say don’t expect any treatment. What the hell we make the appointment for?” said one veteran.

“I can’t even get in to see orthopedics until May 29. I have stitches coming out on top of my foot,” complained another.

Morro is hoping to offer veterans the best care possible at the Carl Vinson V.A. Medical Center.

“I think we need to do a better job of managing expectations up front and being open and honest with how long it’s really going to take and then working as hard as we can,” says Morro. “If we can’t deliver the care here we’ve got to partner with our civilian counterparts.”

Another town hall meeting is scheduled for June 25 at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

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