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FREEDOM FLIGHT: Story County Holds Send Off Party For Vets

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Growing up, Craig Book’s dad, Claire was his hero. Craig says,
“Well he’s the best dad in the world, the best grandpa in the world, best husband in the world; he’s just an all-around good guy.”

But when his father came back from serving in Vietnam he didn’t get a hero’s homecoming.

Today his father finally gets to enjoy the spotlight. He and 149 of his fellow vets enjoy the sendoff party they never had.

But this celebration is just the beginning. This week Story County Freedom Flight sends them on an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. Craig says, “It is his chance and he deserves it. They all do.”

Now all grown up, he’s still his father’s number one fan. Craig says, “He’s just a perfect guy you know. Which I’m trying to be. He’s better at it than I am.”

He doesn’t need a parade to be proud of his dad. But he couldn’t be happier to see his hero get the recognition he deserves.