VA audit finds upkeep at Hilo’s veterans cemeteries lacking, seeks review of all in state

In this Tribune-Herald file photo, Robert Nesbitt power washes a headstone May 13 with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3875 at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Hilo.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Some rows of headstones are askew Monday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Hilo.

An audit released Thursday by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General found what it called “critical deficiencies” at veterans cemeteries in Hilo and Makawao, Maui.