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Purple Heart veterans, Gold Star families find closure on honor flight

ELLIS CLOPTON Lincoln Journal StarMay 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — Like most on the trip, 35-year-old Justin Anderson joined the latest Nebraska honor flight to both revisit memories and find some closure.

In 2003, the Bellevue native was shot in the knee during combat operations in Baghdad. On his way to a hospital, he was hit once again by a rocket-propelled grenade.

After being resuscitated three times as his heart began to fail from blood loss, Anderson survived and later received a Purple Heart, which is awarded to those wounded or killed in combat.

Some of his friends, however, did not survive. He didn’t feel lucky, rather a sense of guilt that he came home and they didn’t.

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