November 18, 2016

Veterans honored at local restaurant

Diane Betzler
staff writer

World War II Army Sargent Robert Killough and his wife Pauline enjoyed a good meal at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Palmdale. The World War II vet ate for free, the restaurant’s way of saying thank you for your service.

Antelope Valley veterans received a special thank you for their service Nov. 14 when a local restaurant offered all veterans a meal of their choice, on the house.

Claim Jumper, a popular restaurant located in the Antelope Valley Mall, welcomed America’s war fighters, young and old, from all branches of the military and thanked them for their service the only way the local eatery knows how, all veterans ate for free.

The event was a big success as the restaurant was quickly filled with veterans of the Desert Storm, Vietnam, the Cold War and even one World War II former Army sergeant.

Vietnam veteran Mike Woods and his wife Janet enjoyed a night out honoring veterans at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Palmdale. Woods is a Navy man served on the USS Valley Forge and served three tours in Vietnam. Woods, who served 4 years, 2 months, 29 days and 12 hours in the United States Navy, feels grateful that America now honors the Vietnam veterans.

The friendly servers greeted each veteran with a hardy, “Thank you for your service!”

Former Navy veteran Mike Woods, a Vietnam veteran said he appreciates being appreciated.

“We got treated terrible back then, it’s only been since 1992 that we’ve been honored,” he said.

It was a feel good night for our vets who appreciated the gesture and openly appeared proud to be an American veteran.

Michael Diaz served in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War era. Diaz and his wife Janet attended the salute to veterans at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Palmdale. Diaz, who joined the Air Force when he was 18 served 4 years and reminisced about his time served at March Air Force Base, Calif. “I was a crew chief for the B-52D,” he offered with a note of pride.

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