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Vail Daily letter: A Veterans Day thank you

On this Veterans Day I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those that have served our country. We are forever grateful to all of you for your sacrifices.

The Vail Veterans Program would like to thank our community for the support that has been given to our organization since 2004. We have hosted approximately 600 wounded warriors and over 1,000 family members from across the nation. The Vail Valley holds a special place in their hearts, as it is a place of healing for them.

In September, we hosted a Caregivers Retreat for spouses of severely injured military servicemen. Autumn Harris, the wife of Charles Douglas Harris, who lost both of his legs above the knee from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, wanted to share her thoughts on Veterans Day.

“Veterans Day is every day in my house. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t wake up thankful for the strong veteran I have lying in our bed beside me. He along with the other men and women who served our country should be thanked and praised every day. Veterans Day is a day to show your appreciation and love to every service member you can. My husband and I try to pay for older veterans’ meals whenever we see them out because if it weren’t for them my husband wouldn’t have as much help as he does now. It’s because of them that nonprofit programs like Vail Veterans Program exist and for that we are forever grateful.”

I hope you will take pride in knowing that the place we call home has healed wounded warriors from across the nation. Appreciate each day of the freedom we enjoy because of their service.

Cheryl Jensen

Vail Veterans Program