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Local veteran shares his story at the Santa Barbara Community Veterans Day Ceremony


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Phil Conran was a Colonel in the United States Air Force, and served as a pilot during the Vietnam war. 

"I think I can say that particularly on Veterans Day that this is the Santa Barbara national veterans cemetery for California it is truly amazing what they have here," said Conran.

"He’s a family man and he helps all the community he’s also the head  of his condo … 214 condo association … he serves everywhere he can he’s an outstanding example of a US citizen.
The veteran’s message focused on young veterans," said director John Blankenship of Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation.

Within the past 30 years need more help than we do… because they had more tours especially the Special Operations people over in foreign countries under combat conditions than we do," said Conran.

Conran said his focus is to be happy, to honor his country and fellow veterans, as well as his family.

"My hope is the VA continues to excel in helping these veterans and so they three veterans can receive the help they so desperately need," said Conran.

Near the end of his presentation Conran said, "Let us be the rainbow for those veterans still living in the clouds."

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

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