Ross Perot pays tribute to veterans in Walterboro

Ross Perot pays tribute to veterans in Walterboro
Published: Nov. 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM EST
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WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Service men and women were honored across the nation Monday.

Former presidential candidate Ross Perot celebrated Veterans Day here in the Lowcountry, holding an event in Walterboro.

He's known for his outspoken politics, but also his support for those who put their lives on the line for our country.

Pictures and memorabilia line the walls of the Veterans Victory House in Walterboro. It's a place where long-term care is provided for veterans.

The many flags and colors of red, white and blue made for a fitting backdrop for the event being dubbed as "Ross Perot Day at the Veterans Victory House."

Perot, having served in the Navy himself is a long time advocate for veterans.

Perot said, "I just want everybody to appreciate our veterans, the sacrifices they make for us and the important role they play in our country."

The Texas billionaire didn't talk much about politics or of his two presidential campaigns in the 90's but he did have an opinion on war and conflict in the Middle East.

"The Greeks tried, the Russians tried, the Romans tried, on and on. Nobody's ever done anything. All we do is get a lot of people killed and never accomplish anything," said Perot.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott was also among those paying tribute at the ceremony.

Scott said, "My mom always said give them roses while they're living and this is our opportunity to do so. There are so many folks that are coming back with PTSD, with missing limbs. Here's an opportunity for us to celebrate their success on behalf of a grateful world."

Senator Scott says the money donated to organizations supporting veterans could go a long way.

"There are a number of 501 (c) (3) that could use the support. When we do that, it makes the world a better place and it's a very obvious way for us to say in a tangible way, we mean business for our veterans," said Scott.

The ceremony at the Veterans Victory House reminded a lot of the older veterans that their bravery and sacrifice won't be forgotten.

The Veterans Victory House is a 220-bed facility. It was built specifically to serve veterans here in South Carolina. The staff provides care 24 hours a day.

The Veterans Victory House is currently full to capacity with a waiting list.

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