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Carmen (right) Donald (left) Koenig, fighting against V.A. neglect
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"Look at the misdiagnoses of our friend Pat with his cancer it took two years and now its terminal," said Frosty, a medic during the War in Vietnam. Seeing such a severe situation, both broke the hearts of the veterans and gave them courage. "I woke up this morning not knowing how long I could take this, but this makes me want to stay and keep fighting," said Pently.

The problems face by the Koenig's are just the beginning of the many problems faced by veterans when they come home from abroad.

Eighteen veterans take their lives on average everyday, while those that are left face the prospects of joblessness and possibly homelessness or even prison when they come home. " I wish I could say I was shocked by the V.A.'s treatment of veterans but unfortunately, I'm not the veterans say never leave a man behind t


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Occupy Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC by Cory V. Clark

"Look at the misdiagnoses of our friend Pat with his cancer it took two years and now its terminal," said Frosty, a medic during the War in Vietnam. Seeing such a severe situation, both broke the hearts of the veterans and gave them courage. "I woke up this morning not knowing how long I could take this, but this makes me want to stay and keep fighting," said Pently.

The problems face by the Koenig's are just the beginning of the many problems faced by veterans when they come home from abroad.

Eighteen veterans take their lives on average everyday, while those that are left face the prospects of joblessness and possibly homelessness or even prison when they come home. " I wish I could say I was shocked by the V.A.'s treatment of veterans but unfortunately, I'm not the veterans say never leave a man behind the V.A. will do that when they get home," said Feather Hat a protester who came in support of the veterans from Augusta, Maine.


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"The treatment I've gotten from these people is terrible, I didn't ask for this," said Donald speaking using a communication board with numbers and letter on it in which he spells what he wants to say out using a simple yes or no to each character. "When he wants to tell you yes, he'll look straight at you with his eyes, if it's no, he'll look off to the side," according to Carmen.


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While V.A. officials met with the Koenig's, Donald and Karman didn't get the answers they were looking for. "They saw us, but they didn't say anything, helpful so we're going to Senator David Price since they won't do anything for us," Said Carmen.

"We have to do better for our heroes who come home too often broken, because we sent them


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Frosty a Veteran Navy medic Occupying the V.A., another Vet. left behind by the V.A. by Cory V. Clark

"Look at the misdiagnoses of our friend Pat with his cancer it took two years and now its terminal," said Frosty, a medic during the War in Vietnam. Seeing such a severe situation, both broke the hearts of the veterans and gave them courage. "I woke up this morning not knowing how long I could take this, but this makes me want to stay and keep fighting," said Pently.

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