Pro-Vet… Pro-Military "Rolling Thunder" Rally Comes to DC As VA Fails Veterans

This weekend, the VA scandal, which erupted in April when it was reported that 40 veterans may have died waiting for care in Phoenix, AZ., is on a lot of veterans’ minds.

“Were all willing to give our life, but then they treat you like garbage when you come back,” one veteran tells WTOP. “You know there’s always money for the war.”

Rolling Thunder, a biker rally in Washington, D.C. created during the Vietnam War to honor American veterans, comes to the Capitol during Memorial Day weekend during the VA health scandal in which the government has been falsifying information about their ability to help America’s veterans.

The rally is held every year during Memorial Day, and they expect over 500,000 motorcyclists to participate this year.

As WTOP reported:

rollingthunder (Kelley Vlahos)WASHINGTON — Amid a scandal in which a number of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities across the country are accused of covering up long appointment times while sick veterans wait for care, the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride and rally is coming to town.

This is the ride’s 27th year, and like clockwork, the Washington D.C. area expects to see tens of thousands of these bikers, flags flying, roll in over the course of the next two days.

The organization was formed in 1987 to remember and support the return of Vietnam War American missing in action (MIA) and prisoners of war (POW), but has since morphed into a massive advocacy event for supporting veterans of all wars. Bikers are expected to travel into the city all weekend for a number of events, culminating in a coordinated ride from the Pentagon to the National Mall for a rally on Sunday. More on the schedule, here.

This weekend, the VA scandal, which erupted in April when it was reported that 40 veterans may have died waiting for care in Phoenix, AZ., is on a lot of veterans’ minds.

“Were all willing to give our life, but then they treat you like garbage when you come back,” one veteran tells WTOP. “You know there’s always money for the war.”

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The Rolling Thunder rally is really a sight to behold if you are in Washington over Memorial Day weekend any year. This year, as the government fails our veterans, their support and our support of this event, might have been more important than ever.

The Rolling Thunder event is and has been supported by Americans from all walks of like.  palin_campaign_bus

In 2011, Sarah Palin embarked on a One Nation Tour of historical sites that were key to the formation, survival, and growth of the United States of America. The tour originated in Washington DC and proceeded north up the east coast.  Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd kicked things off by taking part in the “Rolling Thunder” motorcycle ride, where they were joined by Lt. Col Allen West.

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