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Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Moses McKelvey

Most people thank veterans on Veterans Day because they think it’s the right thing to do. And don’t get me wrong: It is the right thing to do. The simple act of picking up the phone and calling a veteran to thank them for their service goes a long way. As a veteran, I’ve been on the receiving end of that phone call a few times, and each time it surprised me almost to tears. People had, in fact, been paying attention.  

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Photo via HISTORY Channel

On April 7, 2004, Eddie Wright was an assistant team leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion near Fallujah, Iraq, when the convoy he was in was caught in a deadly ambush. A rocket-propelled grenade slammed into Wright’s Humvee, and the ensuing blast took both his hands and a chunk of his leg.

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