Remember to thank our vets

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A year has passed since I first met the most wonderful group of dedicated veterans I’ve ever met. That is, until recently.

I again was privileged to accompany a group of 47 veterans, companions and support team members to visit our nation’s war memorials in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by a most warmhearted, compassionate and dedicated Vietnam war veteran, Doug Hastings, the Vets to Washington Project did it again! This fantastic group of veteran-honoring individuals brought 20-plus veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm to our nation’s capital to tour the most sacred of our war memorials.

The Vets to Washington Project is wholly supported by individual donations and several very generous sponsors. Noteworthy donors are Mr. and Mrs. George Duehring and Mr. Harold May. These generous donors plus other individual donors allow this project to bring veterans to Washington to visit the various war memorials.

We cried, we laughed, we hugged, we remembered the painful and we met strangers who thanked our veterans for their selfless service to America.

Our veterans, men and women alike, have placed their lives in harm’s way for you and me! How can we not appreciate their service and bravery?

If not for the Vets to Washington Project, some of our veterans would never get the chance to visit the memorials dedicated to their service. You and I can continue to support the generous outreach to our local veterans by sending a donation to the Vets to Washington Project, 3709 Fairington Drive, Hephzibah, GA 30815. The Vets to Washington Project is not funded by any government entity – it’s up to you and me to continue their conscientious work.

As Memorial Day approaches, please give a big thank-you to our past veterans, and our present and future servicemen and women. God bless America always.

Joyce Bethmann

Aiken, S.C.

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GuyGene 05/19/13 - 01:43 am
Thank you.

As a Vietnam veteran, thank you very much. I must say, it is good for me to hear those words - Thank you.

Darby 05/19/13 - 11:21 am
Two words,

most appreciated by a veteran, especially a Vietnam vet are "Welcome Home".

Most Viet vets are only recently hearing them. Not bitter... just grateful.

It's a kind of closure that some had given up hope of ever knowing.

deestafford 05/20/13 - 06:53 am
Thank you for your work

It takes dedication on the part of people such as those involved to pull off things such as this.

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