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Andie_WebMD_Staff posted:
It's been 91 years since The United States of America began celebrating Veterans Day as a day we give our "Thank you" to all those men and women who were brave and fought for our freedom.


My father was in the Armed Forces during World War II, yet he never spoke of it to the kids. I never knew he was highly decorated until after his death when my uncle shared some stories with me. How proud I was of my dad at that moment! I wish I'd known while he was still alive, and I wonder how many other Vets are out there holding back their memories.



We owe our Vets a huge thanks for all their service in maintaining our freedom. It is saddening to hear that many of our Vets are suffering from poverty, homelessness and medical challenges.

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Here are a few sobering Veterans stats for you:
  • 33% of the male homeless people are veterans
  • 47% served Vietnam
  • 17% served post-Vietnam
  • 15% served pre-Vietnam
  • 67% served three or more years
  • 33% were stationed in war zone
  • 85% completed high school/GED compared to 56% of non-veterans
  • 89% received an honorable discharge
  • 76% experience alcohol, drug or mental health problems
  • 45% need help finding a job
  • 37% need help finding housing.

If you are a Veteran, you can find a few Veterans Day freebies, meals, and deals at several participating businesses by checking this link from Fox News: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/money/veterans-day-freebies-meals-and-deals-111110.

We at WebMD appreciate all of our Veterans and thank you for all your bravery and service to our country and people!! If you know a Vet, please be sure to thank them today. And if there is some way to offer a helping hand to our Vets in need, let's make an effort to give it to them today.

Are you a Veteran or know someone that is? Please share your story or just your note of thanks here.

Yours in Health,

Andie





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