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Columbia Basin Veterans Stand Down Draws Hundreds

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Goodwill, the Paul Mitchell School, Worksource and a bunch of other local businesses donated their time and resources to make this happen. Goodwill, the Paul Mitchell School, Worksource and a bunch of other local businesses donated their time and resources to make this happen.

KENNEWICK, WA- Veterans often only make headlines when something tragic happens. Whether it is a loss of life or trouble with the V.A., we may not always see the appreciation in our community.

NBC Right Now met with many of our local vets at the Columbia Basin Veterans Stand Down. Hundreds turned out to the Southridge Sports Complex to pick up clothes and food, get a fresh new haircut or talk with one of the many businesses offering services to those who fought for our freedom.

Duane Lee served in the Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller from 1966 to 1970. Lee eventually transitioned to working for the FAA, then moved onto becoming a Nuclear Reactor Operator at Hanford.

"Well, nowadays I think that it gets kinda swept under the rug. A lot more than before, but I think people a lot of times do not realize what veterans have gone through. Unless they are in the service themselves. This is certainly nice, just makes you feel appreciated," said Lee.

Duane Lee says he considers himself lucky to come out of war without a major injury or illness. He hopes others take the time to appreciate those vets too, especially the ones who bring home the after effects with them.

Goodwill, the Paul Mitchell School, Worksource and a bunch of other local businesses donated their time and resources to make this happen.

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