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Better East Texas: Brookshire's veterans

(KLTV) -

It is rare these days when a company steps up with no real motivation other than to give back to the communities it serves.  Yet, such an event takes place around each Memorial Day weekend when Brookshire's Grocery, headquartered here in East Texas, takes a group of World War II veterans on a once in a lifetime trip to Washington D. C. 

The group of eighty-five plus year olds, almost under the cover of night, leaves our area by bus for a ride to the airport.  Throughout the trip, the veterans are treated with the hero status that they deserve, many for the first time, and they visit several of the war memorials and the Capitol. 

Our own Joe Terrell went with them, along with Joe's dad but, again, the ones that make this trip happen are the folks at Brookshire's. 

The comfort of the veterans is paramount and, to date, Brookshire's, through this annual trip, has taken almost two-hundred World War II veterans to our nation's capitol.  A group of Brookshire's employees goes on the trip to give each veteran one on one attention. 

So the next time you are in a Brookshire's, let them know your appreciation for quietly giving back to those who sacrificed, and who without them, would most likely not make the trip.  If more companies followed this example, there is no doubt we would have a Better East Texas.

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