Persons of the Week: Caro City Manager Chris Olson and Deborah Robinson

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CARO, Michigan (WJRT) - (11/10/2017) - The nation begins a weekend, honoring our veterans.
Here in Mid-Michigan that means making sure those who served in Vietnam are not forgotten.

Our persons of the week are keeping memories alive in Caro.

Everyday at dusk, this is where you'll find Caro City Manager Chris Olson.

'It was a misunderstood war, " said Peter Diller, "these people came back and weren't treated well when they returned to the homeland."

Olson is playing taps every night, leading up to Veterans Day.

Diller, who helped train the South Vietnamese in the early 60s,is helping plan Saturday's commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam war.

"It gives them recognition for everything they did for our country," he said.

When Olson plays his trumpet on Saturday, he'll be joined by Caro resident Deborah Robinson.

Her husband Newton served during the Vietnam War by driving supply trucks to the front lines in 1967 and 1968. He died of cancer caused by agent orange in 2003.

Deborah's son Brian, who signed up to the join the Army while still in High School, was sent to Afghanistan as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne division in 2003 at the age of 18.

He also served in Iraq in 2004. When he came back - Deborah says he was suffering from PTSD.

Brian died in 2012 from an accidental prescription drug overdose. His mom says he had been taking medication for his PTSD and combat injuries.

So on Saturday, when Deborah picks up her trumpet to play echo taps with Olson, she'll have both her husband and her son on her heart.



 
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