The nation will pause this weekend to honor the veterans who have defended our country.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Missouri Veterans Commission Public Information Officer Daniel Bell:

Daniel Bell

According to Bell, Veterans Day is about taking pause from normal, everyday life to acknowledge servicemen and women.  “We just always ask that you thank a veteran,” said Bell,” If you know one that lives down the street take the time to thank them for their service.  If you know a family member especially of someone who is serving now, thank them.  There’s a hardship when someone is away on military duty, so thank them for supporting that person.  Also, it’s important to attend your local veterans day programs and parades.”

The veterans commission is a program designed to held these individuals as they return home from service.  “We operate seven state veterans homes around Missouri offering long-term, skilled nursing care to those that need it,” said Bell,” We also operate five state veterans cemeteries providing of place of resting honor for those who have sacrificed and passed on.  In addition, we also have a veterans service program in which we have 44 service officers located around the state who assist veterans in filing for claims through the VA.”

More more information regarding these programs, please visit www.mvc.dps.mo.gov or call 573-751-3779.