Thank a veteran

Weldon C. Cohick Jr.


I would like to pay a very favorable thank you to Trinity Werstler, who wrote a letter to The (Lock Haven) Express titled, “Take time to thank the veterans.”

Most things in our country today are taken for granted, although they shouldn’t be.

Everyone born in these United States has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Trinity quoted these same words in her letter.

How many veterans who never returned from our many wars were denied these rights because of their sacrifice? Ask yourself: Are you uncaring, or are you a caring person?

She also quoted that the world we live in is not perfect, but it could be far worse.

I am 85 years old and served in the United States Air Force for four years during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1955.

Myself, along with millions of other servicemen and women, could have gotten a college degree during this time, but we chose to place our country ahead of everything else.

In my family alone there were four men — from our father down to his three sons. We served a total of 20 years of our lives in uniform. We either joined a branch of our military or we got drafted. How many families could match what we did?

This was done when we didn’t have electricity, running water or an indoor bathroom in our home up Spook Hollow Road in Lycoming County.

My sister, Maxine, never fails to call me and my brother and every other veteran who she knows and thanks them for serving in the military during all the wars.