Local nonprofit kicks off Veterans Day weekend at VA hospital

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Mike Murphy is the president of local organization Pound 4 Pound.

“We're a nonprofit, local motorcycle club,” Murphy said. “We're rooted in the community."

He's also a veteran; he spent 11 years in the Air Force. And he's not the only one that came out Friday to honor the VA, and their comrades.

“It's an opportunity to pull the community together to recognize the veterans that have given so much over the years to support us,” said Alaska VA Associate Director Tom Steinrunner. “And the facility that provides the health care services to them, now that it's our turn to pay them back for what they did."

Murphy and the rest of Pound 4 Pound planted 50 flags outside the hospital as a way of saying thanks.

"40% of our organization is veterans that's been helped by this organization, so anything that we can do to give back and help our local vets, our brothers-in-arms, that's what we're here for," he said.

And the VA thanked them back.

“Service organizations like Pound 4 Pound help us spread the message, encouraging fellow veterans to seek their services so that we can then deliver them to them,” Steinbrunner said.

“Each of us knows a veteran. From our offices here in Anchorage, we know the people that have enrolled with us, but we don't know the people who are in the community that we should be, and we can be delivering health care services to."

But to Murphy, the flags represent not just a “thank you,” but a way of life.

That's the biggest word for me is freedom,” he said. Without the U.S., without our military, we wouldn't have a lot of the freedoms and liberties that we have today."

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