Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Town hall meetings are taking place across the state hosted by Louisiana's Department of Veterans Affairs to hear from veterans first-hand about their experiences with VA services.
The controversy surrounding VA patient wait times is being felt on both the local and state levels, including in St. Charles Parish.
"It feels like it was a long time ago. South Louisiana has got some similar attributes from Vietnam, but it seems like forever ago.
It really does,” said Stanley Dufrene.
Fourteen months serving in Vietnam as a combat medic feels like another time and place for Dufrene. The St. Charles Parish veteran proudly flies the red-white-and-blue outside his Luling home.
But recent health problems, possibly connected to Agent Orange exposure, prompted a VA medical visit. Dufrene is glad he went.
“I've had to go in and inquire about several things.