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Forty-four years ago next Monday, Don Hentges was wounded while fighting in Vietnam — and lost “a very good friend” in that battle.

“I struggle at this time of the year,” Hentges, now president of the Jefferson City Veterans Council, said after Monday morning’s annual Veterans Day program at the Capitol.

Still, he thinks it’s important to honor those who have served — and still are serving — in the nation’s military.

“I think a part of that is, the Vietnam veterans remember how we were treated (when we came home), and we are determined that no other veterans are going to be treated that way,” Hentges, 64, explained. “In my case, I know that’s it.”

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