Local veterans voice their concerns to Secretary Wilkie

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John "Atulai" Taitano, vice chairman of the Veterans Commission, said it was very humbling for local veterans to meet with “such an elegant delegate” from the White House.

Veterans met with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie Tuesday afternoon for a chance to voice their concerns during a “listening session” at Adelup.

While media was not allowed to sit in during the listening session PNC was able to speak with local stakeholders about the session.

John “Atulai” Taitano, vice chairman of the Veterans Commission, said it was very humbling for local veterans to meet with “such an elegant delegate” from the White House.

“He is very knowledgeable and sincere sounding and on behalf of the veterans, we really appreciate this honor of him coming out to visit us,” Taitano said.

For years, veterans on Guam have felt that their voices were not heard and their concerns not addressed. In a rare opportunity, the island’s veteran’s had the ear of the man in charge, Secretary Robert Wilkie, who listened to their concerns on issues such as healthcare

“The boys expressed a few views on the social, medical, and mental treatment they were getting compared to the rest of the United States,” Taitano said.

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