VA Withdrawing as Prime Sponsor of Phoenix Parade

The federal Department of Veterans Affairs' health care system in Phoenix no longer plans to be a prime sponsor providing support for the Veterans Day parade in Phoenix.

According to the Arizona Republic ( ), VA spokesman Paul Coupaud says the decision stems from liability concerns and manpower issues.

Coupaud cites a multi-fatality accident involving a veterans parade in Texas and a need to focus s on delivering health care.

Katherine Brooks of Honoring Arizona's Veterans says the decision is surprising and a blow to efforts to successfully stage the parade. The nonprofit runs the parade.

Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley says some may consider the decision as retaliation against a VA employee who coordinated the parade.

Coupawd says Paula Pedene's situation has nothing to do with it.

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