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More than 22 million veterans live in the United States.

Anthony Geathers and Zach McClanahan are two of them. Geathers served in the Marine Corps, McClanahan in the Navy. This memorial day, they pay respects to their friends who survived and those who did not.

We met Anthony and Zach at the United War Veterans Council offices in Lower Manhattan.

Over the past four years more than 4 million VA disability claims have been processed, but still nearly a million veterans are waiting for help.

The Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced a plan to end the backlog in 2015 by prioritizing the oldest claims and switching to electronic filing.

This Memorial Day we remember and say thank you.

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