Meeting with veterans and representatives of veterans’ organizations from across the district, Kissell talked about his legislative priorities pertaining to veterans’ issues and what he hopes to accomplish on their behalf as he continues to make veterans a front-burner issue in Washington. Following Kissell’s update on legislation affecting veterans, he held an hour-long question and answer session.
“This was an opportunity for me to meet with our veterans to listen to the issues that affect them and hear their concerns. Our veterans have served our country with honor and distinction and should be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Kissell said. “I will continue to make our Veterans one of my top priorities in Washington, and pledge to work hard to find much-needed solutions to the hardships and special issues they face.”
Discussions included veterans legislation, Veterans Affairs medical care, conditions at the Hamlet VA clinic and the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. Kissell also discussed his recent trip to Afghanistan. At the beginning of the forum, Kissell signed the Richmond County/Rockingham Armed Forces Community Covenant.
Also on Friday, Kissell visited the Fayetteville VA Medical Center into which he has requested an Inspector General investigation following numerous constituent complaints earlier this year. Following the hospital tour, Kissell attended a job fair for Veterans held at the Scotland County National Guard Armory, where he had only days before delivered the keynote speech at the Scotland County Veterans’ Day Service.