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From the President: Honoring Our Veterans Every Day

By Jerry J. Cox

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Each November 11, on the anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I, we honor our nation’s veterans on what we now call Veterans Day. There are currently more than 22 million living veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. I am one of them. I served in Vietnam. And I know firsthand the enormous sacrifices young men and women make in service to our nation.

We provide significant training to our servicemen and women for battle and send them to far off lands directly into harm’s way. For many of those fortunate enough to return, however, they carry with them unimaginable trauma. It’s estimated that of the nearly three million who went to Vietnam, up to half returned suffering long-term psychological effects. The challenges faced by returning Vietnam veterans led to hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans being imprisoned, addicted, or homeless. More than two and one-half million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is estimated that more

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