FORT WORTH -- As we head into Fourth of July weekend, and get ready to celebrate America, let's also celebrate those who have fought for our country.
Raymond K. Neal is 92 years old. As a young man, he flew 32 combat missions over Germany as a fighter pilot in the second World War.
"Our job was in support of our ground troops' operations," Neal explained. "We were out there going mostly after tanks and armored vehicles and trains and bridges, just having all kinds of good fun, you know."
After the war, Neal came back to the States and got married. He and his wife shared 64 years together before she fell ill and passed away in 2011. She received her care at Texas Health Huguley in Fort Worth.
"I found this hospital to have one of the nicest groups of people here that I had ever run into," Neal said.
That's when he started volunteering for the hospital. And in the years since, he's racked up over 4,000 volunteer hours!
"I've found hundreds of new friends that really appreciate me being here," Neal told NewsFix.
Yeah, from war hero to heroic hospital volunteer... count us here at NewsFix among those who appreciate you, Mr. Neal.
And to all those who have given so much to keep us living in the Land of the Free, thank you. And happy Independence Day, y'all!
Here's Raymond telling more stories from his days serving in World War II: