State, local politicians attend valley Memorial Day services


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State, local politicians attend valley Memorial Day services

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED May 26, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Across Southern Nevada on Monday, there were salutes for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said, "Today, we honor those fallen. Fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, brothers, sisters."

There were also calls to honor those who are living now.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and Congressman Joe Heck spoke out at Memorial Day ceremonies at the Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City.

"We're going to work together with the congressional delegation to make sure that everything's right for our veterans," Gov. Sandoval said.

"These veterans have paid it forward. Their service is a prepaid premium for benefits that they deserve," Congressman Heck said.

Congressman Steven Horsford and Congresswoman Dina Titus spoke out at Memorial Day services at the Palm Downtown Mortuary.

"The best way to say thank you is to commit to helping those who did come home," said Titus.

"We need to do better by providing them quality health care, access to jobs," said Horsford.

All addressed the growing scandal at VA hospitals across the country, involving veterans on long waiting lists, some dying because they couldn't get medical care.

"They've expanded the investigation to 15 states. They tell me it's not going on in Las Vegas. We want to be sure it's not," Titus said.

From both sides of the aisle, Nevada representatives think it's too soon for anyone at the VA to be fired.

"While it may make people feel better to change a leader, unless we're going to be focused on taking care of the actual issues that lead to these delays in care, change in the leadership isn't necessarily the answer," Heck said.

"I think we need to take swift action, but it needs to be fair action. Let's get those facts before we move forward on those lines," agreed Titus.

While lawmakers wait for a report from the Veterans Administration Inspector General about conditions in VA hospitals, veterans who served their country are waiting for care.

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.