Organizers of local veterans march want awareness, money to change VA system

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By Dan Lyksett

Eugene Walsh and Mike Brown are both U.S. Army infantry veterans who served overseas — Walsh in South Korea, Brown in Afghanistan. Both have seen enough of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ handling of vets’ issues like homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide to believe major changes are needed, and needed soon.

Walsh, 37, of Eau Claire, and Brown, 38, of Menomonie, are putting their beliefs into action by organizing next weekend’s Veterans March on America in Lake Hallie.

The local march is one of more than a dozen taking place simultaneously across the country as veterans and their supporters attempt to gain the attention of decision makers on a state and national level to force those changes.

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