A special Veterans Day message from the Mental Recession –

Today we pause to acknowledge our Nation’s veterans.

We remember those who answered the call to serve in order to preserve, protect, and defend our freedoms and our way of life.

From Vietnam to Iraq, from Normandy to Afghanistan, we will never forget their sacrifice and valor.

Today and every day we are thankful to these brave men and women and their families.

Please take a moment to visit the Wounded Warrior Project and consider giving back to those who have given so much.

To help celebrate Veteran’s Day, below is a story about our country’s oldest living vet, 109-year-old Richard Arvine Overton.

Mighty fine at 109. That is how the oldest living World War II veteran in the U.S. said he feels celebrating his 109th birthday.

Richard Overton was born May 11, 1906 in Bastrop County. Almost 109 years later he can usually be found on his porch in East Austin smoking a cigar. A little more than a week before his actual birthday, on May 3rd, Overton celebrated a very full life with friends and family at his neighbor’s home.

“This a long trip and it ain’t through yet,” Overton said.

The Army veteran served in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.

“Shot at many times, but I didn’t get a scratch,” Overton said about his time overseas.

Thank you to the servicemen and women who serve our country through dedication and sacrifice. You are true heroes, allowing the rest of us to enjoy the freedom and democracy that we experience every single day.  God bless, and thank you.