Veterans voice grievances with VA at spirited forum

Across the street from the front gate of the local Veterans Affairs Medical Center, more than 120 veterans turned out Tuesday morning to voice their grievances concerning the current state of the VA system.

The forum, hosted by U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo at VFW Post 2434, was meant to be geared more toward gathering information and connecting veterans with area organizations and military-affiliated staffers of the congressman. Instead, it turned — almost immediately — into a spirited town hall-style meeting, with many veterans looking for answers.