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(KTVI) - For the next few days the SLU School of Law Clinic will be home to a crisis command center with the goal of helping veterans caught up in the recent drama with the VA medical center.

The effort led by The American Legion began Monday night when a town hall meeting was held. Veterans were able to vent about their concerns over delays in access to health care. It’s a problem that came to light after an internal VA investigation revealed that many veterans seeking specialist care were waiting an average of 86 days to be seen…wait times in the st. Louis VA health care system ranked 5th worst in the nation. Lawmakers in Washington have vowed to fix the system.

In the meantime, The American Legion is vowing to help St. Louis veterans schedule appointments, file benefit claims and enroll in the VA system over the next few days.

The crisis center is open today through Friday beginning at 8a.m. each day. The help is free.

There is also a veteran’s fair in Ballwin.

Details are below:

July 15 Veterans Fair

At Meramec Bluffs in Ballwin

WHAT: Veterans Fair featuring eight veterans agencies serving Missouri veterans and their families.

WHO: Representatives from the National Archives and Records Administration, Missouri Veterans Commission, Missouri Mayflower Society/Wreaths Across America, Greater St. Louis Honor Flight, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Project Veterans Aid, Missouri Veterans History Project, and Fisher House/Bowling for Veterans Health.

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15

WHERE: Meramec Bluffs senior living community, 1 Meramec Bluffs Drive, Ballwin MO 63021; 636-861-0600.

WHY: With all of the recent news about the Veterans Administration and our veterans’ challenges getting medical services, it’s good to remember that there are many agencies, such as those that will be at the Veterans Fair, doing wonderful work to help our veterans and families. The number for fair-goers to call is 636-923-2355.