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VETERAN OF THE MONTH
SERGEANT JACK HUGHES
Sergeant Jack Hughes is a proud Marine, and Vietnam Vet who still bears the wounds from the war and a 66-year-old Purple Heart recipient. Hughes suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his stint in Vietnam. He said when the other Marines tried to wrongfully shame him Saturday it sent him back in a regressive state, but the tremendous outpouring of support has been more than a boost. They shouted at him in the airport, and one even tried to rip the ribbons off of his jacket. The 66-year-old said after the assault his health nosedived so much that veterans’ health care professionals who monitor his vitals called him worried about his blood pressure. He said the positive messages from all over the world have made him feel so much better. Before Lemon left, Hughes got a warm visit from his nephew, who is an Iraq War veteran. He was inspired to become a Marine because of his uncle.
Nominated by: Nick Justiniano