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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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This weekend’s celebration of Veterans Day in Auburn, Washington included a traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall exhibit and mobile museum. As a Gen Xer, what happened in Vietnam has always been a part of my life; my generation was born into it and has had to live with the consequences of it passed down through our parents.

The museum put faces on some of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War. Next to veterans’ portraits were notes and letters that provided a window into the era that claimed their lives.

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