This Memorial Day weekend, a handful of veterans came together in Dekalb County to share their views on how veterans are treated.
Their audience were two elected officials one of which is hoping to land a larger role in shaping policy for Georgia.
One thing they were all in agreement on was, the time for using veterans as photo opportunities is over.
George Jordan served under General George S. Patton in World War II and says the man would be sickened by what is happening today between veterans and the VA.
"If I could do something right now, I'd ask to be an investigator," said Jordan.
Jordan and others at the round table discussion shared their frustrations of life as a veteran with gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter.
"We've guaranteed these benefits to our people, our values as a country require us," said Carter. "We want to support them, and yet the government is just not actually delivering; not following through on those promises; and that's the thing that's disappointing to me."
Carter is not alone in that disappointment. Janet McIntosh is a military spouse and a veteran.
"It's all about action now," said McIntosh. "We've watched our politicians take their photo ops, and we've watched them rally and say, ‘I support the troops' but their actions are telling a very different story."
This Memorial Day weekend, McIntosh is putting politicians on notice.
"Words are not enough anymore. We've had words and they are just," McIntosh paused, searching for the right words. "Now it's time for action," she finished.
Ironically, this all came out of a photo opportunity for Carter. However, his focus was on the veterans listening to their problems, even brainstorming potential solutions for them, and not on our cameras.
"Politicians deserve to be held to a much higher standard," said Carter. "They deserve that kind of pressure that [veterans] are putting on, because we do need far more than just electioneering about veterans. We have to deliver and right now we're not."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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