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Korean War Veterans Honored In Westover

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Korean War veterans are said to have served in the "Forgotten War".

Most did not return to parades and celebrations. They simply took off their uniforms and went back to work.

After 60 years, many said veterans are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

"I was in Korea in '51. I landed in a landing barge at the 38th parallel and I thought I'd never come home," said Gene Powley, a Korean War Veteran.

Many Korean War veterans are just like Powley and have similar memories from the war.

Some of them gathered at the Westover VFW Post 9916 on Saturday for a breakfast held in their honor.

Post Commander Larry Knisell said it's time to give credit, where credit is due.

"People have freedom today because of these guys. It's time, its way past time," said Knisell. "A lot of these guys have passed away it's too late. So pay respect to these guys today, this is their day."

Roger Roy is a Disabled American Veterans Service Officer.

He said there are still things that veterans of the Korean War don't know about that they have earned help for.

"A lot of them still have cold weather injuries from Northern Korea," Roy said. "And the sad part about it is, they don't even know it could be service-connected and they can get a service-connected payment for the cold weather injuries that happened many years ago."

Each veteran that attended the meal at the VFW received a letter thanking them for their service.

There was also posters set up to show each step of the war they served in.

Knisell lost an uncle who was a Korean War Veteran this past year. He said the simple things matter to these vets.

"It makes them really feel good when you walk up, and shake their hand, and say thank you," said Knisell. "That means a lot to them and it might make their day, it might make their week, it might be there year. So have a little bit of respect for these guys, they earned it.

The few veterans that joined together at the Westover VFW said they are thankful to be able to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the War.

"It is quite an honor, after 60 years," said Powley. "It's an honor to be one of the living."

If you are a Veteran of any war and want to contact the VFW call 304-296-5981.

If you would like to contact Roy and the Disabled American Veterans call 304-265-5445.