Veterans welcome marines home from overseas
Rob Kirstatter came home from serving in Desert Storm on a large bus ride with masses of other soldiers, and they were greeted by all of their families as well as the press.
Today, marines come home one or two at a time, so Kirstatter says the Marine Corps League is there when they arrive home to show support.
"It's really rewarding for us to be able to greet those marine when they're coming home whether they're civilian marines or active duty marines," says Kirstatter.
He says some war veterans did not receive a warm reception after returning from service, which is also why the Marine Corps League welcomes home the marines of today.
"We've heard stories about how veterans were treated when they came back from Vietnam. I'm out here to ensure that the marines that are coming back today understand that we are very supportive of the work they're doing," he says. "There's maybe a lot of press about what's going on over there, but I don't think it impacts them when they get home. I think they see what we represent and that the majority of America is grateful for the service."
At least one of the 85 members and veterans from the groups is there alongside family members at the airport with a large welcome sign and a handshake.
"Marines always come by for a handshake, always for a handshake," says Kirstatter. "Usually the families are here so we don't get too much time with them."
But regardless of how much time they spend with the marines, he says the league just wants to make sure the marines know America appreciates their service.