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Native Writes: 'Invisible' veterans

Posted: Thursday, Nov 14th, 2013

After wishing a host of people “happy veterans day” and thanking almost as many for their service, I began thinking about veterans.

There are the visible vets, the ones who carry the colors at the beginning of parades, who take leadership roles in various organizations and serve as veteran service officers.

These are the people we can thank mano a mano, hand to hand. A handshake isn’t hard and a hug is even easier.

There are many more who sit silently at the end of the club bar, stand quietly on the sidelines, self-medicate and drop out.

And countless others go about their lives each day without letting anyone know that they are veterans. We need to thank them, but don’t know for sure who they are.

These veterans work in the stores we shop at every day, they deliver our mail, they work in the downtown bank, they serve on city councils, boards of county commissioners and in the state and federal government.

Some are “joiners” who belong to the various veterans organizations, the Elks Lodge, Kiwanis and Rotary, high school booster clubs and their chosen churches.

Many of the men and women behind the badge in our city and county are veterans. Some will tell you and some won’t.

For the complete article see the 11-14-2013 issue.

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