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November 11--  Welcomed by a stirring rendition of service songs by the kids from Vidalia Heritage Academy, an infantry combat commander from Fort Stewart made a Veterans Day address in Vidalia Friday.

"It puts things in perspective.  I really enjoy coming to see the veterans from our previous wars whether it's from World War II all the way up to Vietnam and later," said Colonel Jim Crider.


Colonel Crider with Toombs County Commissioner Jeff McCormick.

Colonel Crider talked about his experiences with the people in Iraq and later commented on how veterans from that war are being treated.

"I have personal experience with a lot of my soldiers and others that I've seen and I think our government is doing everything they can do.  There are more opportunities for help for the visible wounds, the ones you can see. The money and the resources have been applied in Washington, D.C and at Brooke Army Medical Center down in San Antonio.  And also for the wounds which aren't so visible, post traumatic stress disorder, there is an endless amount of help and counseling available for those who need it," he says.