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I am the daughter, granddaughter, and great niece of veterans. My father was the the Air Force, each grandfather served in the Navy (one for 30 years the other during the Korean War), and several of my great uncles served during WWII and Vietnam. I am blessed to have such an amazing heritage.

I am a nurse at a Veterans Administration medical center. I am so blessed to work every day with our nation’s heroes. I have cared for a Tuskegee airman, a soldier who personally witnessed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima,  soldiers who stormed the beaches on D-Day, a soldier who survived the Battle of Anzio, a soldier who personally shot down a kamakazi pilot headed for an aircraft carrier. That is just from the WWII veterans. There are heroes who have participated in amazing things in every era. Just the other day I saw a veteran who has already done a tour in Afghanistan but is still too young to buy alcohol legally.

Today, stop and say thank you to a veteran who has given so much for each of us. They come in every shape and size but all are heroes.

The photo below is of my grandfather-in-law, a WWII veteran who served in the Pacific.