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This video was mentioned in a Daughters of the American Revolution communication. The author noted that many Vietnam veterans have never been told thank you– by anyone.

If you see a veteran, take a few seconds to shake their hand or give them a hug and thank them for their service. These men and women have given up long years of their lives to serve others. Many have suffered physical and psychological injuries as a result. All have made sacrifices.

Think about it– we see them all the time. In the grocery store. At the gas station. In the workplace. At church. Many sit in retirement homes and medical facilities as well, and they could use some good cheer.

An American World War II veteran dies every three minutes. Only about a fifth of those who survived the war are still with us. Twenty-two American veterans a day commit suicide. Fifty thousand veterans are homeless. A quarter of a million veterans from recent conflicts suffer from PTSD.

They need your support. Will you say thank you when the moment presents itself?

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The City of Auburn, Washington holds an annual Veterans Day parade that is one of the largest in the United States.

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending this annual gala. It was fantastic to be with other people who, in spite of our strong opinions on whether or not American military personnel should fight in foreign conflicts, were there to thank our veterans for putting their lives on the line so we can be free. (more…)

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Today I had the pleasure of hearing Bob Rawe speak about his nonprofit organization called Take a Vet to Lunch, http://www.takeavettolunch.us/. Bob and his wife started this organization in 2008 by inviting a handful of veterans to lunch at his home, and since then that simple act has grown into something much larger.

Take a Vet to Lunch is headquartered in Stanwood, Washington and sponsors banquets that draw people of all ages. The honorees are veterans of various conflicts, but the participants and entertainers are young and old alike. Thsi gives children and teens a chance to learn more about their nation’s history and meet those who helped shape it. These gatherings offer veterans a place to network and share their personal stories, and most importantly, it is an opportunity to show appreciation for their service. (more…)

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