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Sen. Klobuchar meets with local veterans in Rochester

KAAL-TV
Created: November 11, 2019 06:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The sound of freedom rang a little louder Monday. Veterans reflected on their times of service while others paid tribute including U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. Sen. Klobuchar was at the Rochester International Event Center to celebrate the 19th annual Veterans Day Program. Her father is a Korean War veteran. 

"When they come home to the United States of America and they need a job or an education or good health care, there should never be a waiting line in the United States of America," said Sen. Klobuchar.

Sen. Klobuchar also addressed veteran suicide rates. She said America needs to do better for those who have served.

"Our veterans and our soldiers and those that serve have always adjusted to the new challenges and we have to adjust to those challenges back at home," she said.

Vietnam War veteran Terry Throndson said he'd also like to see better medical care for veterans. 

"I hope people appreciate that freedom isn't free. It cost a lot of limbs, a lot of blood, a lot of lives," Throndson said.

And despite his service, he doesn't think of much of himself even on Veteran's Day.

"I think of the families who have lost some especially on this war in terror," Throndson said. "I know what I went through and the support wasn't there and I want to make sure that they know that there is support." 

Korean War veteran Lester Griebenow said it's important to push for services that support younger veterans. Frank Chiarini, Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota adjutant, said he also wants to see more government investment in areas like medical care for veterans. Chiarini served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966. He served for the U.S. Army Reserve from 1982 to 2002.

Klobuchar has qualified for the upcoming Democratic debates on Nov. 20 and Dec. 19.

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