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FILE — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray addresses the crowd during a a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Veterans Supportive Housing and Services Center on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at the former Yakima Armory in Yakima, Wash.

To the editor — I had the honor to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Chuck Austin Place, the facility being constructed for homeless veterans and other veterans who need assistance. This ceremony took place on Aug. 7, the date designated to honor the oldest military medal, the Purple Heart.

Some who have been in combat received physical wounds and a Purple Heart. Some did not have physical wounds. But many in both groups came home with invisible wounds, psychological wounds, received from situations we (those of us who haven’t served) can’t imagine. Most won’t talk about it, unless with someone who’s been there, done that.

There’s an old saying, “If you were there, I don’t need to explain. If you weren’t there, you wouldn’t understand.” Remember, not all wounds are visible.

Thank you to those groups and individuals involved in providing a facility to house homeless veterans, many of who are having trouble with invisible wounds, and providing support for all our veterans here, rather than forcing them to travel long distances to receive needed help.

Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve. Stay strong veterans, we have your 6.

WALT RANTA

Yakima