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December 5, 2002

Valdosta - Herman Martin knows first hand what war means.

"I was overseas, I went to Okinawa, and then after World War II, I went into Vietnam," said Martin.

And while many of his war memories are painful, Martin says it was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. "I did the best for my country that I could, and I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Thursday, Martin and thousands of other veterans were rewarded for their efforts at the Supermarket of Veterans Benefits. From free health screenings to social security information and even driving tests, it's a hay day for these heroes.

"They're giving blood tests, we're helping people with GI loans, education, and many other things," said VA Commissioner Pete Wheeler.

Wheeler says today's purpose is to provide these veterans with the many benefits they're entitled to, but may not know about. "They are so deserving because they're the reason we're standing here today and have our freedom, but many don't get out and get the benefits they deserve."

As the day progressed hundreds of veterans continued to pour in, but agencies say they'd keep working until every veteran was served, just as they did for our country.

posted at 3:30 by ashley.harper@walb.com