Marine Corps turns 241, vets react to president-elect Donald Trump

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The Marine Corps, which was founded in Philadelphia, turned 241 Thursday. (WPVI)

The Marine Corps, which was founded in Philadelphia, turned 241 Thursday.

A celebration took place at 10th and Oregon in South Philadelphia.

Amid the celebration was a sense of hope about what the next four years means for vets under a Trump presidency.

"He's not a veteran, but he knows how we feel," said Chris Smith, Marine veteran.

"We want to see better treatment. We want to see jobs," said Duke Hancock, Marine veteran.

"I would like to see him better the veteran services at the Philadelphia VA's, and all the VA's," said George Purkins, Marine veteran.

Trump campaigned to improve care for vets, and even reform the Department of Veteran Affairs.

In Philadelphia, many vets admit they struggle navigating the VA's red tape.

"It's overcrowded, it's kind of dismal, but I just hope they he keeps his promise," said Briand Douglas, Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"We have a president-elect now who stands behind the veterans of this country," said Duke Hancock, Marine veteran.

Exit polls show vets played a critical role in Trump's surprise victory.

Bob Dimond is a decorated Korean War veteran, who helps organize one of the largest veteran's parades in Media.

"I'd like to see more concentrated on the military ... more can be done (for veterans)," said Dimond.

But some are not entirely sold Trump can fulfill his campaign promises.

"You know it just happened, we'll see. Give him a chance. Give him a year, and see what he can do," Purkins said.
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