Recognizing veterans on this Independence Day

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – While many people celebrate with parades and BBQs we’re also reminded of our local veterans who fought for our freedoms.

The Cerro Gordo County Veterans Affairs office was set up at the parade in Clear Lake Friday to reach out to veterans and let them know what resources the VA can offer to them.

One VA representative says while today is about celebrating the country’s independence, it’s important to remember we would not be free without the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform.

“This is basically celebrating freedom, there would be no freedom without those people willing to sacrifice and go off to foreign wars to protect us and keep us free,” explains the Director of the Cerro Gordo County VA, Rosetta Waychus.

“We’re looking for like the WWII vets, the Vietnam vets. There’s a lot of presumptive conditions for Vietnam vets such as heart disease, prostate cancer, and diabetes and it seems that they’re unaware that they could be getting monetary amounts for those,” adds Waychus.

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