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Waterloo soldier takes time to honor veterans before him


Corporal Eric Palmer, out of Waterloo's Iron Man unit, spent part of his two weeks away from Afghanistan, giving back to those who have served before him.

"I think it's important to recognize the service that they did, during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, so this is a valuable use of my time."

Palmer helped unveil a new veteran's wall at Walden Place, an independent living facility in Iowa City.  The wall is a dedication to each of the 19 veterans who live there that fought in wars generations before him.

"Having those pictures and having that wall up there is so special and it means a lot to all of us here that we can honor our veterans," said Jane Gast, Walden Place manager.

Walden Place resident Jack Bickenbach served in the Air Force during World War II and is one of those recognized on the wall.  Bickenbach was one of many on hand Thursday to listen to Palmer's stories from Afghanistan. 

"He only has got so many days or hours or whatever you want to call them, so I think that was exceedingly generous," Bickenbach said.

Eric, his wife Katie, and their two kids will try to enjoy the short time they have together, before Eric redeploys to Afghanistan on April 15th.


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