'We're here for the employees and the VA and for the veterans.'
ROSEBURG, Ore. - A veterans chapter in Douglas County is rallying in support of the Roseburg VA Hospital.
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Umpqua Valley Chapter 805 wants to make their voices heard, and with signs in hand, they're showing their support for the Roseburg VA Hospital.
"We want the public to know that we're here," said Michael Johnson, who is a Vietnam Veteran. "That as veterans, we do support the hospital and we're not going away."
Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that patients were turned away by the Roseburg VA Hospital's administration, contrary to the medical recommendations of VA doctors.
"There's problems just like any business has problems, but we're here for the employees and the VA and for the veterans," said Terry Mooney, with the Vietnam Veterans of America. "We felt that we weren't being heard. There were pretty negative stuff and not positive. There's positive in this too."
The chapter says they came together to show another side of the VA, but the VA has denied the allegations, saying that the New York Times story is false, and some veterans in the chapter agree.
"They're fallacies. Do we have issues at this VA? Every veteran's administration hospital has issues. But not the ones they're talking about," said Johnson.
The chapter plans to hold two more rallies this week in favor of the VA.