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Good Question: What does Veterans day really mean to those who served?

All across the country Thursday people paused to honor those men and women who bravely served our country and those still fighting today.

Good Question: What does Veterans day really mean to those who served?

The ceremonies come every year on Veterans Day/

Its a way for those of us who have never served to say thank you to those who have.

There are veterans young and old, but they all share a common bond, Staff Sergeant Jonathan Herst is one of them.

"To me when I think of Veterans Day it's the honor, the pride and service and I'm just extremely proud to have been able to give the chance to serve my country," said Herst.

Herst who now works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington knows combat all to well, he served two tours in Iraq.

As part of the U.S. Army Air One Infantry he parachuted into a section of northern Iraq to start the war in 2003.

Hurst saw time in Fallujah an area known for fierce fighting.

Herst is one of thousands of Kentucky veterans.

In fact a count from 2009 says there are 344,000 veterans in Kentucky.

The majority of those having served in the Vietnam War.

No matter during war or peace time, Herst says there is one thing many can never understand.

"The biggest thing that they could never understand is the camaraderie the brother ship or brotherhood that you feel knowing that someone is always there to protect you."

In 2005 Herst was injured by an improvised explosive device, his left leg had to be amputated.

Now, he's retired and works to help other veterans when they return home.

Governor Paul Patton established the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs in 1998.


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