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Senior Care Trio Asks for Community Help in Thanking Vets

How do you thank a veteran for putting their life on the line for the freedoms we all enjoy?  It seems impossible, but the staff at a local senior citizens home has created a new program to help do just that this Fourth of July.
    Lloyd L. English, or Bill as his friends know him, served as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in World War II, and also served in the Korean War.
    He was stationed at Iwo Jima and would escort B-29 bomber planes during raids on Japan.
    "We'd hit primarily airfields or construction places or things like that, and we'd shoot pretty much anything that was in our way," he says.
    English has lived in Presbyterian Manor in Wichita Falls for about nine years.
    He's one of the nearly 60 veterans that Wichita Falls senior care staff are reaching out to this Fourth of July.
    "We're asking the community to go online and they can send a card to a veteran here at one of our campuses.  We have Presbyterian Manor, Perkins-Prothro Healthcare, and the House of Hope," Jerri Thomas, marketing director, says.
    Sending a card takes just a couple minutes.
    "You pick the card you want, you can personalize it with a message, and you just hit the send button and we'll take it from there," Thomas says.
    Organizers will print the cards and deliver them to veterans.
    Their goal is 250 cards so every veteran receives several cards.
    They say this is just a small way for people to tell our Texoma veterans like Bill English "thank you."
    To find out how you can be part of this program and create your own card to thank our local veterans, go to www.presmanor.org and click the "Operation Thank a Veteran" link.
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