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Roy Mullinax, a former Airman and World War II veteran, was recognized for his years of service earlier this month.

At the request of his family, Mullinax, 87, was formally presented with a veteran's pin by Airmen from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing Honor Guard during a special ceremony on Dec. 8 in Newton, Kansas.

Mullinax served in the Army at the end of World War II before enlisting in the Air Force for a number of years, ultimately going to work for the federal government in Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years.


(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

The ceremony was set up by We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides educational tools and resources to promote veteran-centric activities and improve their quality of life.

"Our primary duty is honoring the family at funerals," Tech. Sgt. Terrance Williams said. "Today, we actually got to honor the veteran himself. It was very humbling to be offered the opportunity to put the pin on him. It shows he's not forgotten."

"I personally wanted to make sure he got what he rightfully deserves, even if it's just a simple recognition like this."

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)


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