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               In 2020, we did not have the opportunity to take a cover photo and honor our
               Veterans with a tribute banquet like we have done in years past.  I was so glad
               that, this year, we got to bring together a phenomenal group of Veterans at the   the
               new VA Super Clinic. (If you have not seen it yet, you must.)  It is so beautiful and
               will be such a blessing for the many Veterans in our community.  After we took   publisher
               the photo, we were able to honor them at a breakfast where Chancellor Dr. Tedd
               Mitchell spoke.  As a Veteran himself and leader of the Texas Tech University
               System, his words on service were not only timely but very powerful.  (You can
               scan the QR code on page 8-9 to hear them for yourself.)
               Taking this cover photo is one of the highlights of my
               job because it is such an honor to be in the presence
               of so many of the Veterans who have fought for our
               freedoms.  I asked a WWII Veteran at the photo shoot
               if he would choose to serve again, and he did not
               skip a beat before responding, “Absolutely!”  These
               patriots have a tremendous passion for our country,
               and I pray that their stories will filter down into the
               hands of our younger generations.  I encourage you
               parents and grandparents to share copies with your
               children and grandchildren.

               The foundational theme of all our Veteran editions
               is that “Freedom is not free.” These pages are filled
               with the experiences of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and
               Marines who made it home, but they all remember
               many of their compatriots who did not.  As leaders in
               our country continue to make life-altering decisions,
               our youth need to listen to the understanding and
               wisdom that Veterans have acquired through their
               sacrificial service.
               Putting together this edition is never easy.  It is always
               our largest, and we always print extra copies so the stories can be preserved and shared.  It is important for
               our readers to remember that the reason Senior Link magazine is free is because of the generosity of our
               advertisers.  Please make a point to thank them and let them know that their advertising dollars are well
               spent.  We are so grateful to each one of them.
               As you dig into this issue, please also remember to thank the Veterans around you.  (Many can be recognized
               by their hats.)  They have many more valuable stories to tell than we can fit on our pages. And, as many of the
               1% witness unsettling changes in their beloved USA, it would be nice for them to hear from the 99% that we
               are grateful to them for their service to our country.

                                                                                                Erin Agee

                                       The Mission of Senior Link

                        Our mission is to tell the stories of local seniors, not only to honor them,
                      but also to inspire and challenge younger generations. We endeavor to link
                      seniors with the resources they need to ensure quality of life. We believe in
                       the strength of the chain, in linking with one another, and in linking all of
                       us to information which can enhance our lives. We recognize the value of
                                  every season of life and the uniqueness of every story.
                                  Senior Link’s mission rests in the power of connection.
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