Apr 8, 2013 10:45 AM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - 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 (http://bit.ly/11ISZ7M ), 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.