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A piece of old military equipment still finds ways to help vets

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Monday is Veterans Day and many of our nation's heroes will be honored for their service, sacrifice and bravery.  A special piece of military equipment, a Huey UH-1H chopper used in Vietnam, will give the final salute to the Dallas Veterans Day Parade.

That chopper is still lifting sprits, even decades later. 

"When you hear them coming, you have a sort of sense of relief." says Vietnam Veteran Tony Bandera. "It's basically your hero."

The Huey to be used in Monday's Veterans Day Parade is owned by Bobby Hawk, another Vietnam Vet.  He uses it for healing and bonding with other veterans and every vet the flies in it, signs the wall inside.

"To the Vietnam Veterans this is everything to them," Hawk explains.  "I mean this was their med evac, this was their food, their water, their resupply.  I mean this was their life right here."

The men who fly in the chopper learn that it also has some history; Hawk says it has battle damage from landing in some pretty close quarters and has even been shot more than 20 times.

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