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Veterans March In Dunn On Their Way To Washington, D.C.

Posted May 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Veterans from the two World Wars, Vietnam, Korea and the Gulf War took to the streets Sunday as a part of "Operation Thunderstorm", an effort to bring attention to issues involving veterans.

"We are out here for the MIA's, the POW's, for some truth and accountability," said Karen Tallhamer, a veteran. "We are looking for some answers."

With flags, fatigues and cadence, the marchers took their cause to the town of Dunn in hopes of emphasizing issues like the many MIA's still unaccounted for as well as affects of Gulf War Syndrome, Agent Orange and exposure to radiation.

"We are out here for show and tell, we have a lot of sick brothers and sisters out here," said Chris Hamrick, another of the marchers. "It's obvious we need some answers so we can get some health care for some of them.

The group is leaving Dunn Monday morning. Their next stop is Smithfield.

In April, the vets began their march in Florida and are scheduled to arrive in the nation's capital on May 24.