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Charlie Wheeler at front of planned veterans salute

04/25/2013 1:05 PM

05/20/2014 10:43 AM

Republicans and Democrats are still arguing over the impact of the sequester — see my roundup here — but former mayor Charlie Wheeler

isn’t letting a few budget cuts get him down.

The financially embattled politico has been named Grand Marshal of the May 18th Armed Forces Day “Salute to Heroes” event. It’s set for Washington Square Park, across from the Crown Center hotel.

The rally, in its second year, is struggling financially. It’s been hurt by the decision of the military to stay away from the parade because of the sequester cuts.

“The non-appearance of the active military has also affected the contributions and participation by the Greater Kansas City business community,” the group’s news release says.

Wheeler is a veteran, as well as a former Kansas City mayor and state senator. His recent financial problems

have been well documented.

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