Sentimental journey

A veteran reads a letter he received during a recent visit to Washington, DC. Image: KRNV

A group of Nevada veterans got to experience mail call again during a recent visit to Washington, DC.

The veterans received letters from family members, co-workers and others who thanked them for their military service. A news crew from KRNV, the NBC station in Reno, accompanied the veterans and recorded them reading the letters.

“I’m not an emotional guy, but this is from my son,” said Bill Kirschner, choking back tears. “‘Thanks, Dad, for your service to this country to protect our way of life.’”

Don Hanneman, a Korean War veteran, received a letter from co-workers that read, “If it weren’t for veterans like you who have served our country, we would not be able to enjoy the lifestyle and freedom we all cherish so much.”

The trip was sponsored by Honor Flight Nevada, which is part of a national organization that brings veterans to Washington to visit memorials to their service.