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Proud of veterans’ efforts

Having just attended my eighth Veterans Standdown, I am writing to offer a different perspective than what the general public may have about this esteemed event.

Most people see this as a service being done for veterans. The public may not understand the standdown is a function done almost entirely by veterans and their families. I appreciate the devoted volunteerism of nonveterans who have made the stand down possible, but I want the public to know this compassionate undertaking has been and is made possible primarily by the efforts of the vets themselves.

Many of these men have sustained serious and life-long disabilities from combat injuries. I know of several veterans with disability ratings up to 100 percent who worked for weeks and months to make the standdown possible, along with family members, some of whom are also very ill.



Our country does not have an honorable record regarding the treatment of disabled veterans, and it is for this reason – and so much more – that I salute the efforts of all the vets who have sacrificed time and energy, at great physical and emotional expense, to create this worthy event.

William Larsen




Nevada City


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