ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Monday was a day in their honorto remember their contributions to the defense of freedom.

Local military veterans also had the opportunity to discuss the current VA health care scandal with friends and former comrades, many of whom they only see this one time a year.

While many of the former service personnel who attended Memorial Day ceremonies at Jefferson Barracks said they haven’t experienced any delays personally, they know many who have, and making even one former soldier wait for care is unacceptable.

Memorial Day 2014 at Jefferson Barracks. Photo: KMOX/Brett Blume

Memorial Day 2014 at Jefferson Barracks. Photo: KMOX/Brett Blume

That’s why World War 2 veteran George Neckerman is in favor an idea floated by a Republican House member.

“If you don’t get service in 30 days, you should go to a private doctor, because 30 days is too long to wait,” he says.

Veteran Mike Fitts says as old soldiers continue getting up in age, a younger generation of Americans with no military experience of their own are getting voted into office.

“If you look at the percentage of people in Congress now that have had military service, it’s way down from what it used to be,” he says. “I just don’t think there’s the concern that there should be.”

Fitts called revelations of delayed care for some vets “disgraceful.”

“This has been ongoing and mounting for a long time, not just in this administration but in past ones, too,” he says. “Now it’s coming to a boil and there needs to be a stopping point here.”

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