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Sunday, December 29, 2013

One veteran on a mission helped 500 South Florida veterans

One veteran's mission to honor other veterans
Sun Sentinel
By Attiyya Anthony
December 27, 2013

Long retired from war, Tom Kaiser's current battle is to get every veteran the honors they've earned.

Kaiser, 86, a Delray Beach resident and World War II veteran, has helped more than 500 South Florida veterans receive government awards and medals for their military service.

"My goal is to get to every veteran an honor as long as I breathe," he said.

Kaiser honors veterans from World War II to those who have served in Afghanistan at the Boynton Beach Civic Center or Veteran's Park in Boynton Beach.

Many of the World War II veterans are pushing 100 and some have age-related illnesses, like Alzheimer's and dementia. Still, Kaiser won't give up.

Leuchter is a Holocaust survivor, who made it out by joining a French resistance group before moving to America to serve in the Korean War. Leuchter thanks Kaiser for helping him get the award.
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