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Veteran has experienced war from two perspectives

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Memorial day ceremonies were just as important for the families of military members as it is for the ones who served.

Lucas Bussell and his brother in law both served in the Iraq war. Bussell was in the Army and served one tour of duty in Iraq before returning in 2003.

He came back to celebrate with his family, but his brother in law in the Washington National Guard was deployed shortly thereafter. Bussell knows very well the fear of fighting a war and hoping a loved one in war comes back in one piece.

"It was hard to deal with sometime. But, I was there for my family to give them some advice about what it was like over there and it was good that I had that experience," Lucas Bussell.

Both Bussell and his brother are out of the military. He adds that days like today are special not just for him, but also for his family because they all understand the sacrifices made.

Since returning from war. Bussell took advantage of the G-I bill to further his education. He's now hoping to find a job.