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Updated Jul 14, 2014 - 11:54 am

What's it like being a veteran receiving VA care?

So you are a young patriotic American and you enlist in the military because you want to give back to your country.

You're sent to a combat zone somewhere in the world where you're seriously injured in a firefight. You're sent home for the medical care that a veteran deserves. But the country that you fought for, that you sacrificed for, turns its back on you.

The VA hospital has rehabilitation facilities but you can't get an appointment. Your benefit checks are held up for months. They lose your papers.

Former County Attorney Rick Romley lost both of his legs in Vietnam and is qualified to answer the question, "What's it like being a vet?"

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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