Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect upon and give thanks for the service of military men and women. For many returning members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the battles they wage continue even when they return home. From dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder to having access to appropriate health care and to issues with substance abuse, U.S. veterans' wars can be deeply personal long after an international conflict has officially ended.
Anthony Kohl was 20 years old when he was wounded in Vietnam in 1967, an event that put him in the hospital for nearly a year. Now, more than 50 years later, Kohl is Local Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 3620 and is also involved with Joseph House, a Cincinnati-based transitional housing agency that assists veterans with substance abuse issues.
Kelly Knox served in the U.S. Army Reserves and in the U.S. Air Force in the first Gulf War and during the conflict in Bosnia. Now retired from the Veterans Administration, Knox is still active in promoting issues of veterans affairs.
Kohl and Knox joined Cincinnati Edition to talk about the significance of Veterans Day, how to properly thank a veteran, and to discuss the issues returning service members face one they return home.
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