VA scandal hangs over Memorial Day ceremonies

CROWNSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- On Memorial Day, veterans cemeteries have a shadow of the VA healthcare scandal looming over it.

Memorial Day at Crownsville, Md., draws a big crowd to remember the 20,166 resting here, but conversation fell today to how the veterans health administration is serving the living.

Judy Harrington of Laurel, Md. is here to remember her husband Bill, a Vietnam era Navy vet.

"If they don't do something now, when," she asks.

Over the holiday weekend, the VA announced it will allow more veterans to obtain treatment at private hospitals and clinics in an effort to improve care after allegations veterans have died while waiting for appointments in the VA system while administrators cook the books.

As the VA struggles to manage its obligations to the living, what's happening at cemeteries like this one across the country is proof that people passionately care even when their veterans are gone.


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