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Leader Editorial
Bravo to veterans’ good deed

September 28, 2011

U.S. Army Pvt. Ken Flynn (center) accepts $500 in donations from Walt Storrs (left), president of the Arsenal of Democracy Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, and Oxford resident Clarence Cameron, who’s a member of American Legion Post 108 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 334, both of which are based in Oxford. The money was meant to replace what Flynn lost when he was recently robbed at gunpoint in Pontiac. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio.
It's nice to know that with all the bad there is in this world, there are still plenty of good people who do good things without even being asked.

Case in point, five veterans groups got together last week and donated $500 to U.S. Army Pvt. Ken Flynn.

They did it because they heard about Flynn, who's home on leave from his duties in Iraq, being robbed at gunpoint in Pontiac and wanted to help one of their comrades-in-arms.

"This makes everything better," Flynn said. "Over there, you don't get a 'thank you' or 'good job' every day. You're told, 'Go back to your room. We have work tomorrow.' But when you come home and people show their appreciation, it makes everything worth it."

Oxford American Legion Post 108, Legion Auxiliary Unit 108, AMVETS Post 108 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 334 got together and donated $400 to Flynn.

On top of that, the Association of the United States Army's Arsenal of Democracy Chapter, based in Troy, donated $100.

"I thought, 'Why are they helping me? This happens to everyone,' but like they told me, we take care of our own," Flynn said. "I appreciate it. I didn't see it coming . . . I want to thank everyone who donated this. It means a lot."

We'd like to echo Flynn's sentiments.

Once again, our local veterans have proved themselves to be caring and compassionate folks who are always willing to do whatever's necessary to help someone in need.

These veterans didn't know Flynn or his family.

Prior to last week, they had never even met the private.

But they didn't have to know him personally in order to extend their generosity.

They already know all they need to about him.

They know he wears the uniform of our country. They know he's serving in a far-off land. They know he's risking his life on a daily basis. They know what it's like to be him.

Bravo and many thanks to all the veterans groups who donated to Flynn. They've given him so much more than just money; they've given him faith in the kindness of strangers. That's something no one can steal. – CJC