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Where were you on September 01, 1939 when World War II started? …maybe not born yet? Do you remember what happened on April 30, 1975? That was the end of the Vietnam War. Almost everyone can remember the significance of September 11, 2001 and the terrorist attack on the United States. Some of the residents of Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home may not be up to speed on current events, but most can recite their branch of military service and their rank.

The mission statement for Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home is to honor the country’s commitment to care for its military men and women when they can no longer care for themselves. The facility houses 220 residents, including ten female veterans. Service pensions can offset the financial burden, but residents are responsible for the cost of their care. Just like any other nursing home, some residents have family members who visit often, while others are dropped off and essentially forgotten.

Imagine sharing a bedroom with a total stranger. Imagine losing your privacy and your freedom. Imagine having to depend on someone else for every need. Along with the loss of independence comes the loss of individuality. For soldiers who take pride in their service to the country, life in a nursing home can be a harsh adjustment. The staff at Richard Campbell focuses on treating residents with respect and dignity as they transition to their new life.

Sunday, November 03, marks the date of the seventh You Are Not Forgotten Run hosted by the Teufelshunde Motorcycle Club. The annual affair is more than a motorcycle ride. Bikers, passengers, and residents of Anderson County contribute cash and personal items such as socks, tissues, lotions, and the little things that most people take for granted.

The first ride had twelve bikes, and this year’s event included more than one thousand bikers with spectators lining the streets of Anderson to watch the procession. Timms Harley Davidson, Holiday Church, and Bonitz Flooring Group are among the many sponsors. The ride is followed by sky diving and an afternoon military celebration.

Simple acts of kindness reap priceless rewards. Warm socks on a cold night comfort more than feet. Sometimes it takes only a five minute phone call or a ten minute visit to help someone not feel forgotten or alone. Take a moment to thank a veteran.