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Worth repeating

I resubmit this letter, which I first submitted back in 2010. During this month of both Thanksgiving and remembrance, I feel it truly is worth repeating to give thanks and remember the veterans who have provided the freedom we so cherish:

“A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to the people of the United States of America for an amount of and up to and including my life.”

At this time of year, as we remember those who served to provide the freedom for us to go about our everyday lives, we also hear many definitions of what at veteran is.

An old boss of mine living in Detroit, a Vietnam veteran, sent me an email containing the above quote, which I thought was the simplest and purest definition of a veteran I’ve ever heard.

Thank a veteran not only on Veterans Day but every day you live free as an American, and especially remember those veterans and their families who paid the full amount of their check.

Bill Barca

Lower Burrell

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