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Vets Reflect on 2011

This Veteran's Day, many things have changed. The War on Terror has claimed the life of Osama bin Laden. Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed. The U.S. is in the middle of a major troop draw-down from the Middle East. With so many major changes to the Armed Forces this year, Newschannel 6 wanted to hear what Vets had to say.

Lloyd "Bill" English flew P-51 Mustangs during WWII. He said things were different back then. "Either your volunteered or you got drafted; so I volunteered," he said. He recounted dozens of close-call missions, and escorting bombers through the sky. He is most excited about the troops coming home. "I think its tremendous that we will be able to bring our troops back," he said.

Others were most excited about the death of bin Laden. Perfecto Savilla served two tours in Vietnam as a US Marine. He recounted hearing the news of OBL's demise. "I was very glad to hear that that happened! It was a very good thing for the United States," said the honorably discharged Corporal.

Retired Marine Sergeant Major Tim Shatto said he is uneasy about the end of DADT. "I'm glad I retired," he chuckled. "I think one of the main things that we have to maintain is our Corps Values," he said.

With so many changes happening in the Armed Services, all the Vets hope the best for the next generation of Veterans; even if its uncertain.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6

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