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When they see a flag
They have a gut reaction
Instinctive and strong
Knowing from direct experience
What that symbol means
And the sacrifices
To keep it flying
They roll on wheelchairs
They limp on prosthetic legs
Their minds, well their minds
Could use some relief
Sometimes, though many
They are just fine, too
Bodies and minds intact
Nothing but strong memories
Whatever their condition
Coming home is a joy
But not always easy
Not everyone understands
And reintegration can be hard
But, as they was taught: Hard gets done
That's why they bear the title proudly - Veteran
Tuesday is Veterans Day, so please give a nod and a thanks to all our veterans out there.