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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 205-97
April 29, 1997

DOD ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO TOWN HALL MEETING SCHEDULE

The Department of Defense announced today that two more cities have been added to the town hall meeting itinerary of the special assistant for Gulf War illnesses. The additions include Indianapolis, Ind., and Columbus, Ohio. Bernard D. Rostker, the special assistant for Gulf War illnesses has been on a town hall tour since April 20, when the first town hall meeting was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The tour is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

These meetings have been productive opportunities to have one-on-one conversations with our Gulf War veterans and are an important part of our outreach to veterans," said Rostker. "It's always best to hear directly from our veterans. The immediacy of the personal interaction is invaluable. I'd like to thank the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion for their assistance in setting up these visits. These kinds of meetings would not be possible without the support of these fine veterans organizations."

Rostker said he'd try to arrange additional visits to other cities later this year.

Veterans unable to attend one of the meetings can still contact Rostker via the new interactive feature on the GulfLINK home page (http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/) or via standard mail at office of the special assistant for Gulf War illnesses, 5113 Leesburg Pike, Suite 901, Falls Church, Virginia, 22041.

These informational forums will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., local time. The dates and locations of the meetings are listed below.

Monday, May 5, 1997 Colorado Springs Area

American Legion Post 38

6685 Southmoor Drive

Fountain, Colo.

Tuesday, May 6, 1997 San Diego Area

VFW Post 2082

Memorial Center

2115 Park Blvd.

San Diego, Calif.

Wednesday, May 7, 1997 Seattle Area

VFW Post 2995

4330 148th Avenue NE

Redmond, Wash.

Thursday, May 8, 1997 Chicago Area

American Legion Post 1941

900 South La Grange Road

La Grange, Ill.

Monday, 12 May, 1997 Indianapolis Area

Indiana War Memorial

431 North Meridian Street

Indianapolis, Indiana

Tuesday, 13 May, 1997 Columbus Area, Ohio

American Legion Post #164

3363 McDowell Road

Grove City, Ohio

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