Veterans Receive a Heartfelt Salute on Valentine’s Day


Love was definitely felt at the Veteran’s Health Care System of The Ozarks, on Thursday, February 14, as many joined together to give a heartfelt salute to veterans on Valentine’s Day.

“I was raised in a military family so it was as much practical as it is patriotic,” said Lieutenant Colonel Keith Nessle.

After serving more than 20 years in the Army, Nessle now calls the Veteran’s Hospital in Fayetteville home.

Thursday his treatment included a large dose of love.

“Having to be in a hospital at this particular time, and having this show of support is really, really, really heartening,” Nessle said.

“When you’re residing in a hospital you could possibly feel like you’re forgotten about, and I feel like this day is just reminding them that we know they’re there, we do appreciate their service,” said volunteer Aleyah Walker.

Razorback athletes, public officials, kids, and many others all giving back to those who sacrificed their lives for them.

“Valentine’s Day is about love and I can’t think of a stronger love than putting your life on the line for a country,” said Walker.

“What I get from this is there’s a tremendous outpouring of support for all of our veterans and for me, it’s been terrifically heartening,” said Nessle.

On a day full of love, Nessle said he is proud to be part of the Northwest Arkansas community

“It’s great to know people out there that are willing to take a step to be involved in something that supports veterans these days,” said Nessle.

“I didn’t know the community was this strong. It’s encouraging to know that I am part of this community now,” Walker said.

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