Vetting the Heroes: Thousand Show Up for Veteran’s Day Parade in Dallas

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This cold and windy Veterans Day didn’t detour the crowd from honoring the heroes who wear the uniform.  Sgt. Travis Mills, who lost his arms and legs in Afghanistan,  headed up the ceremony by saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Folks in downtown Dallas grabbed their jackets to watch the  annual Veterans Day Parade and thank the troops who served our country.

Almost two dozen veterans — like David Callaway — got VIP treatment from the Wounded Warriors Project.

“Well, I spent 15 years in the United States Army; I was infantry. I did a tour in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan,” said Callaway

It was a long journey home for Callaway. Like a lot of vets, he says he had a hard time adjusting to a new normal.

“I got on the verge of suicide not long ago. The only thing that kept me from doing it was, I was afraid of making a mistake and the family would have to live with the burden,” Callaway said.

He was in a dark place and needed help, which he found with the Wounded Warrior Project.

“I think talking to the wounded warriors, it gave me the confidence again to get out and start talking to the public and socializing again,” he said.

For Callaway, the battle continues every day — but seeing folks honoring  heroes like him, well that means a lot.

“Some of them have nothing to do with the military, but they’re coming out here honoring the veterans and that’s very powerful to see that,” Callaway said.

So go ahead and thank a hero. We salute your service.

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