Veteran: 'Bring a Vet to School Day' was 'like receiving a medal'(PHOTOS)


From left, Keyleigh Haws and her sister, Rebecka, join their father, Derek, for breakfast.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 05:02 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Derek Haws was making up for lost time with daughters Rebecka, 6, and Keyleigh, 7, as the trio ate breakfast on Friday at Bob Sikes Elementary School.

"It's nice to spend time with my kids," he said, wearing his U.S. Army uniform. "They have to put up with a lot, with me being gone." 

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Similarly, Vietnam veteran Rick Martell said he appreciated the school's "Bring a Vet to School Day," which allowed him to spend quality time with grandson Gaige Cook, 7.

About 250 veterans attended the event, which included breakfast, story-swapping and patriotic music. The Patriotic Pups, a school club for students with parents serving in the military, volunteered.

It all left an impression, Martell said.  

"When I was serving, they didn't treat us like this," he said.

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