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A bittersweet Veterans Day for four generations

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GREENWELL SPRINGS - On Veterans Day we celebrate the men and women who put their life on the line for ours, but it's still a bittersweet sentiment for some.

Charles Mock, who fought in Vietnam, is filled with pride when remembering more than four generations of his family who fought for our country, yet he still aches from the scars that mark him, both inside and out.

"It's pretty amazing that we go from World War II all the way to Afghanistan now with my grandson," Mock said. "We actually had generations in the Civil War."

Charles said the memories from his time at war haunt him to this day, but nothing was more painful than what happened when he came back home.

"I got off my plane when I first arrived and I smelled death," Mock said. "And for 364 days I smelt death. But then you come home and watch your daughter suffer from cancer for seven years."

His daughter, Amy, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia in 2006. Five years later he was forced to bury his other daughter, Julie.

"I go to the VA and they say do you suffer from depression, and I tell them just a little bit of my story," Mock said. "You can't handle my story."

He cries, hoping his experience will inspire those around him and prays that people will use Veterans Day as an opportunity to love those who have so valiantly fought for our freedom and remember that life is short.

"Hug on them," Mock cries. "They're not going to be here forever."

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