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    Posted March 22, 2009 by
    reyk47
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    Valley Veterans reach San Antonio

     

    Their bodies were aching and their feet were blistered, but the Valley Veterans had finally made it to San Antonio.

     

    The march had started on March 14, 2009, and now 7 days and 250 miles later they had reached their goal.

     

    As they walked through downtown San Antonio they were shouting and singing:

    "What do we want?"

    "A VA Hospital"

    "When do we want it?"

    "Now."

     

    The day culminated when the group reached Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital.

     

    "Right now we all have a mix of feelings," said Reynaldo Leal, Iraq War Veteran and march organizer.  "This is a great accomplishment but it is not Mission Accomplished."

     

    Jesus Bocanegra, the other march organizer, said that they would continue to fight until there was a VA Hospital in the Rio Grande Valley.  "Quitting was not an option for this march and it isn't an option for the Hospital."

     

    "As long as there is atleast one Veteran who has to travel this far for medical care we will have enough reason to fight for their rights," said Leal.

     

    There will be several contingents of Veterans going to Washington to speak with lawmakers in the next several months.  The young organizers also hope to meet with the President and address the problems facing Veterans in their area in person.

     

    Their entire journey can be seen at www.marchtosanantonio.tumblr.com

     

     

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