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  • Veterans Day: Those who served speak out

    Veterans connected with Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics share their thoughts on the holiday that honors them
  • Today's holiday marks the end of fighting in World War I, when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Despite the hope that WWI would be "the war to end all wars," many have followed. Veterans from various eras who are now connected with Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics shared their thoughts on the day established to honor them.
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  • Today's holiday marks the end of fighting in World War I, when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Despite the hope that WWI would be "the war to end all wars," many have followed. Veterans from various eras who are now connected with Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics shared their thoughts on the day established to honor them.
    — reporting by Chris Conrad, Mail Tribune
    Skip Cullop, 63
    Branch: U.S. Army; era served: Vietnam
    "I would like to see vets coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan get the help they need to establish themselves in society. When you come back, it's like you're still in a war zone and they need help readjusting to civilian life. There needs to be more help for veterans coming home."
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    Staff Sgt. Anthony Silva; 31
    Branch: Marine Corps; era served: Iraq and Afghanistan
    "Veterans Day is an acknowledgement of some of the finest Americans you can ever have. They are people who laid down their lives for the cost of freedom. Everywhere I go , when I see a veteran, I make it a point to go shake their hand."
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    Bill Pehl, 76
    Branch: U.S. Navy; era served: 1954-1974
    "It's nice to see the public aware of the sacrifices veterans made. It's an important national holiday."
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    Pixie Nitowski, 54
    Branch: U.S. Air Force; era served: 1977-79
    "Veteran's Day reminds us of the sacrifice the veterans made, from their families and of their lives. It's a day to honor freedom."
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    Michael Roach, 46
    Branch: U.S. Navy; era served: Desert Storm
    "Veterans Day is about all the people who died for our freedom. It is to remind people that there is a price to be paid for freedom. That's what it is all about."
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    John Rowbotham, 62
    Branch: U.S. Army; era served: Vietnam
    "For vets, the holiday is a recognition of their service. As a vet, when the holiday comes you remember your service and you might call up your old Army buddies and talk to them. It might be the only time you talk to them all year, but it's important."
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    Ronald Dean Jones, 67
    Branch: U.S. Army; era served: Vietnam
    "Veterans Day is a good national holiday, and there needs to be this kind of awareness of the service veterans have provided for this country."
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