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Our thoughts this Veterans Day naturally focus on those many men and women who over the years have placed themselves in harm's way to protect the freedom enjoyed by all Americans.
KSL especially honors those of the so-called "greatest generation" who are now part of a fading generation of soldiers who served during World War Two. And we express appreciation to those who fought in other wars.
Our nation now, of course, is engaged another lingering conflict. We mourn the loss of soldiers such as Kimble Han of Saratoga Springs who died October 23 in Afghanistan. It is sobering to realize more than four-dozen Utahns have been killed during the war on terrorism.
While remembering the dead, those who have been wounded and otherwise traumatized also warrant the constant gratitude of the American public. It is particularly significant that a new 38,000-square-foot mental health outpatient clinic will be constructed at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City. The fact more than 10,000 veterans are seen annually by mental health providers at the center underscores the extreme emotional trauma of fighting a war.
It is also sobering to realize that war is ongoing, and a year from now, many more men and women will join the ranks of those we call veterans.