Hometown Heroes: Duane Pierce and Sherry Steenbock

Hometown Heroes: Duane Pierce and Sherry Steenbock

Why do federal employees get a paid holiday for Veteran's Day, but not veterans? Two local hometown heroes work to change that.
Green Bay, Wis.(WFRV)-- Brown County war veterans are always remembered on Veteran's Day.
 But the Brown County Veterans Recognition Sub-Committee works for year round recognition.  Duane "Snake" Pierce, a navy vet from the Vietnam era, made veteran's affairs his mission after meeting prisoners of war returning to the U.S.

Duane "Snake" Pierce:"What they went through and endured.  The human spirit is phenomenal.  You don't know what you can do until you have to do it."

Sherry Steenbock never served.  But after learning that federal employees get a paid holiday on Veteran's Day, while her husband, a Vietnam vet, doesn't, she fought for change.
Sherry Steenbock:"It's like hosting a birthday party and the guests of honor are not invited."

Steenbock successfully petitioned the Brown County  Board of Supervisors to pass a resolution supporting Veteran's Day as a paid holiday for vets.  But state lawmakers have, so far, failed  to follow suit because of   concerns by state businesses.

Sherry Steenbock:"Was the economic impact considered when say my husband was drafted to go into the service? It was not his choice."

The recognition sub-committee has help veterans get simple honors like free admission to the Brown County Fair, discounted meals or other services.  But the paid Veteran's Day off is a continuing mission that Duane Pierce says should happen sooner rather than later.

Duane "Snake" Pierce:"They need to be recognized while they're still alive."
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