Governor Rick Scott Honors Veterans in Panama City

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PANAMA CITY - Governor Rick Scott took time Monday to honor some local veterans. He visited them at the Clifford Sims Veterans' Nursing Home, giving them a special award.

Gov. Rick Scott recognized 142 veterans, some serving as far back as World War II, for their service.

The governor visited at the Clifford Sims State Veterans' Nursing Home Monday morning, giving out the Governor's Veterans Service Award.

The group included World War II veteran Grady Jeffres. Jeffres shared his story about fighting in the Battle of the Bulge with Gov. Scott and First Lady Ann Scott.

"I thought it was an honor. I thought it was an honor to do that, you know, we don't always just do that, you know," said Grady Jeffres.

"You know a lot of veterans are very reluctant to talk about how difficult it was and how many friends they lost. My father was in the 82nd airborne and was very reluctant to talk about that," said Gov. Scott.

Monday marks the 69th anniversary of the historic battle. Jeffres told the governor he lost two close friends in the fighting.

"You can tell this has a lasting impact. I think everyone that goes to battle will remember it forever and how many friends and family they lost," said Gov. Scott.

"I thought it was a great honor to get a medal from him. I got five battle stars here, a lot of them up here that I got during the war," said Jeffres.

Jeffres was one of two Battle of the Bulge survivors in the audience.

Gov. Rick Scott also stopped by Tyndall Air Force Base to meet with base commanders.

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