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Beneficial conversation

Next Tuesday, the director of the Alaska Veterans Administration Health Care System will be in Ketchikan for a town hall meeting with veterans.

Dr. Timothy D. Ballard has served in that position since July 2016, collaborating with federal Department of Defense, Coast Guard, tribal and local civilian heath care systems in Alaska to “ensure quality and timely veteran care,” according to Veterans Administration information.

Any effort aimed at providing consistent, timely and quality health care in a state that’s so geographically large and logistically challenging can’t be easy. However, most military personnel can agree that a good understanding of the situation “on the ground” is a key to success.

Dr. Ballard, then, is prudent in coming to Ketchikan to gain insight regarding how well the VA health care system is serving the veterans who reside here in southern Southeast Alaska.

We hope veterans take the opportunity to attend the town hall, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Joseph T. Craig Post 3 American Legion Hall at 631 Park Ave. in Ketchikan.

A conversation in Ketchikan could benefit veterans here — and across Alaska.