Celebrate Veterans Day With 5 Inspiring Stories About Military Heroes
Powerful videos portray the dedication and sacrifice of America’s service members
For this Veterans Day, take the time to watch these five videos below featuring former service members who undoubtedly filled their duties in unique ways — and continue to do so today. Some of these warriors found new passions after leaving the service, while others chose to return to the military later in life.
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Jeff Sargent served in the U.S. Army on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring, he began to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Now he helps other veterans combat their mental wounds from battle in a new theater: the yoga studio.
Decorated Vietnam War veteran, former secretary of the Navy and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb describes the special bond among service members. His vast experiences provide valuable perspective for all Americans this Veterans Day.
After carrying a rifle throughout Vietnam decades ago, 70-year-old Ray Wilkinson returns with a piece of chalk. He is one of a surprising number of Vietnam veterans who have returned to Southeast Asia to help the people whose lives were devastated by the war.
Veterans gather to relate some of their experiences while serving on the USS North Carolina in World War II and reinforce the importance of preserving the ship for future Americans. Today the battleship serves as a floating museum in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Col. Frederick Lough was 58 when he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps Reserves as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. After deploying to Afghanistan twice, he asked to be placed on active duty and now teaches military medical students at Walter Reed Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland.