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Veteran Shares His Story at Prosser Veteran's Day Parade

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PROSSER, WA. -- Communities around our region hosted parades for Veteran's Day and every year we go to processions with our camera and bring you the crowds and the floats. But this year we wanted to do something a little different.

We drove over to Prosser to see their Veteran's parade. Normally we'd simply tell people about the sights and sounds, but this year we wanted to give it a little bit more attention by telling one veteran's story.

Well, sure enough, Albert Leon, who was bringing up the back of the Lower Valley Honor Guard, came up to us toward the end of the parade and said he had to talk to us afterward. 

Leon told us today means something very special to him. He served in Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Desert Com as a mechanic with the Army. Leon says when he came back from battle, he wasn't greeted with a parade for his service.

And he gets emotional, even today, when he sees the respect and praise people give him during Veteran's Day. 

"They yelled my name out there and the whole time, I mean, I still have tears in my eyes right now," Leon said. "So it's very special."

Leon says it wasn't always easy. He turned to drinking after retiring from the service but eventually got on the right path and became a fork lift operator. 

He urges all veteran's out there, if you're going through a tough time, ask for help.

All of us at NBC Right Now would like to thank Leon and all our veterans out there for their service. We practice our right to free speech every day and we wouldn't be able to do this, if it wasn't for them.