Local group honors true reason for Memorial Day

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Local group honors true reason for Memorial Day

By Bryan Callahan. CREATED May 24, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) --  While millions of Americans are enjoying their three-day weekend, a small group in the valley paused to recognize the true reason for Memorial Day.

"You have to appreciate what has been done, the sacrifices that have been made," American Legion Post 14 Commander Joe Tasby said.

"It just brings to light how grateful we should be to those people who put themselves in harm's way for their country so we can enjoy the freedom that we all have today," Veterans Village founder Arnold Stalk said.

The Rock-N-Ride event at the Veterans Village Thrift Store was meant to do just that.

Many of those in the crowd, including Congresswoman Dina Titus, talked about the need to care for veterans, specifically when it comes to medical care.

Titus told the crowd she is committed to continuing the investigation into services at the local VA hospital, "I want to get all of the records, just to be sure that everything out there is going as it should."

While the congresswoman is working to improve services at the VA hospital, she said she is thankful for groups like Veterans Village who organized the event and work year-round to help veterans with housing, meals and medical services when needed.

"Replicating this is very important. Next week we will be talking to the City of Henderson. I've been out to the City of Pahrump, North Las Vegas and have 4 or 5 of them here," Stalk said.

While Stalk is hopeful for improvements in veteran benefits, he said everyone needs to step up and help those who serve.

"It is our responsibility as citizens of the United States of America to help our veterans," Stalk said.

Veterans Village said if any veterans are having problems getting an appointment with a doctor in the valley, they will help connect them with a doctor.

You can give Arnold Stalk a call at (702) 624-5792.

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Bryan Callahan joined the Action News team as a general assignment reporter in August of 2013.