Being in the military requires sacrifice.
For many of the thousands of military veterans across the Mid-Columbia, they willingly gave up things they held dear when they volunteered to serve in the Armed Forces. Those who were drafted also gave up much, if not initially by choice.
We regularly thank those veterans for their service. We shake their hands and offer an emphatic thanks. We cheer them on their special days.
Americans do this even though we weren’t there to see their sacrifices.
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The Marine fixing computers in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The soldier helping to lob artillery shells in Vietnam.
The sailor sweating over a Liberty Ship engine in the freezing Atlantic.
The airman flying transports above Korea.
The Coast Guardsman hunting terrorists and drug runners.
This feature will attempt to keep us from taking their service for granted, and instead give us some understanding of what these men and women gave up on our behalf.
The Herald will occasionally profile a veteran from the Mid-Columbia — who they are, what they did, what they do now and a small glance of what it was like for them as they served our nation.
It’s called GI Over Joe, a play on the “GI Joe” action figures as well as the fact that each interview takes place over coffee at the shop of the veteran’s choice.
The story is in the veteran’s own words. They tell their story how they want to tell it.
The Herald welcomes all veterans to participate. We want to know your story and perhaps gain a little understanding from your experience, so we can put behind our thank you something more important than simple patriotism — gratitude.