Lincoln County veterans gather for first time since pandemic

Published 4:31 pm Thursday, November 17, 2022

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STANFORD – After three years of canceled events due to COVID-19, Lincoln County veterans were finally able to gather to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

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Over 50 veterans and their families gathered at the Cedar Creek Sportsman’s League Friday, Nov. 11 for a recognition dinner.

The dinner was sponsored by the Lincoln County Veteran’s Center and the Lincoln County Veteran and Military Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Carla Loveless-Tackett of the Lincoln Vet Center said she was excited to finally be able to get veterans together and honor their service and sacrifices.

Loveless-Tackett introduced the keynote speaker, U.S. Army veteran John Caywood.

Caywood spoke about the Vietnam War and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or as he called it, the “magic bullet.”

“It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about people like you who served and gave; your sacrifice that you performed for our country 50 years ago, folks that were in ‘Nam. There’s a lot of people who don’t know of your sacrifice.”

Caywood thanked all of the veterans in attendance for their service.

“I want to say ‘welcome home,’ ” he said.

Veterans were invited to eat lunch and dessert and were given goodie bags with various gifts donated by local businesses.