"United We Stand" but the sign outside the VFW Post 680 in Lexington means so much more than just words to those veterans inside.
"We have to take care of everybody," says Commander of VFW Post 680, Michael McCurry.
McCurry says, no matter what branch or what war veterans served in, all are welcome. Another round of troops will be coming home from Iraq in December, and he says it's important for the community to help integrate them back into society, as well as veterans from other wars.
"We have to do something about homeless veterans. I deal with them all the time. We've got kids now that have been fighting wars for 10 years, right out of high school. They come back to society and can't find jobs. I need employers to open their arms to them. We have to train them and make sure they're taken care of and their families," explains McCurry.
Holly Jewell served as Sergeant in the Marine Corps for seven years and now works at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, she's gotten a first-hand look at the toll war can take on those who served and she agrees the community needs to step up.
"It's a completely different world coming from the military side that civilians just don't understand. The reason we have the freedoms we have are the veterans who served and fought in the wars for this country to keep it the way it is and some of them sacrificed their lives for it," says Jewell.
The City of Lexington will hold a Victory 5k Run/Walk Saturday morning at 9 A.M. at the VA Medical Center on Leestown Road. All the proceeds will benefit hospitalized veterans. A Veterans' Parade will also be held later in the day at 3:30 P.M. For more information, go to www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx