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Veterans... "Thank you"

Thank you. Two simple words that may not seem like enough, not when you count the contributions that the American soldier has made for their country in the past century.
During that time, millions of Americans have answered the call and served in the armed forces; hundreds of thousands have given their lives for their flag and country.

In an era of the all-volunteer armed forces and with the battles of the war on terrorism taking place on the other side of the globe, many individuals may have decreased awareness of the important accomplishments of veterans. Others care, but simply don't know what to say to them.

"Thank you...thank you is enough," said Platte City Alderman and VFW District 3 Commander George McClintock. "And a lot of them do. We're very humble about that, and we in turn thank them back.”

McClintock, who served in the army testing rockets and missiles for combat use in Korea, Germany and Vietnam, says that the VFW honors the dead by serving the living.

"We're very supportive of our troops and our veterans and if there's anything we can do for them or their families, we try and do it," McClintock said.

Platte County has 7,852 veterans and Platte City has 355 -- nearly 13.2% of the city's population.

"We were called to serve and we served," McClintock said. "I wouldn't take a million dollars to go back, but I wouldn't exchange the experience for anything either."