A Kennewick couple who attracted more than 200,000 Facebook shares after a problem with the Richland Veterans Affairs clinic has turned its attention to the closure of military memorials.
Richard Wyer and Kelsey France are taking part in the “March on the Memorials” at noon Sunday Oct. 13 at Columbia Park in Kennewick. The two-mile walk is designed to draw attention to the monuments like the World War II and Vietnam memorials in Washington, D.C., which have been barricaded off as part of the closure of all National Park Service sites due to the government shutdown.
The march is open to all current or former military members, families and supporters. It will start at the Kennewick veterans memorial.
In a July Facebook post, France talked about Wyer, a former airman who served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, being treated rudely by workers at the VA clinic when he developed an infection after he was stung by a bee. France wrote that a front desk employee mocked Wyer as he referenced the VA handbook.
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She wrote that he was quickly treated when they went to the emergency room at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
The Facebook post had been shared 213,251 times as of Thursday afternoon.