Rolling Thunder honors vets, past and present

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- For the 27th year, the rumble of Rolling Thunder took over the Nation's Capital. Roughly 800,000 motorcyclists were expected to roll in to D.C., riding for freedom.

Richard Bauman rides to remember his comrades he lost in Vietnam.

"It's tough, it's tough. Makes me want to cry," Bauman said.

It's his sixth year being a part of Rolling Thunder.

"Now it's a tradition, gotta be here. It makes you proud," Bauman said.

Bauman is from Kentucky and was a corporal in the Marines when he fought in Vietnam.

"[I'm] just sharing the day with my brothers. We are all brothers here," Army Sgt. Conrad LaChance, a Vietnam veteran said.

Veterans remember the missing in action, prisoners of war and those who have fallen, but they also remember those who have come home and the better treatment they deserve at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

"They need to clean up their acts. Veterans should not be treated the way those veterans were treated. They deserve better. We fought for this country," LaChance said.

Veterans Affairs facilities are under fire after claims of people dying while waiting for treatment. VA hospitals and clinics are struggling to keep up with veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well older patients from prior conflicts.

"I'd like them to listen to us. The new guys coming home if they take care of the new guys maybe the old guys will get taken care of too," Bauman said.

This weekend they not only remember the ones left behind overseas, but those who are right here at home.


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