When John Freetly volunteered at 19 for the draft during the Korean War, he thought he would only serve two years.
"I did four and a half years in the Army and got out and decided that I didn't like civilian life so I re-enlisted," says Freetly.
This time he re-enlisted in the Air Force where he served 16 years. He spent as much time serving because civilian life wasn't for him.
"I didn't like anything about it. I just enjoyed the military. I don't know why I just did. Still do."
He suffered two broken knees in Korea which limits his mobility. But that doesn't stop him from being an active veteran and attending the 92nd Disabled American Veterans Conference. Mayor Michael Winters, LT. Gov. John Walsh and Sen. Jon Tester all spoke at the conference and gave progress reports on current programs aimed to help vets.
"When they sign the dotted line we make promises and we need people to continue to sign on the dotted line. So living up to those promises is pretty important as we move into the future," says Sen. Jon Tester.
Freetly says the state of Montana has lived up to its promises and that the number of programs to help our heroes has increased since the time his father served.
"My father was a WWI veteran and they made him doctor appointments 300 miles from the hospital at 8 o'clock in the morning," says Freetly.
He says it's his duty to be involved for the sake of other veterans.
"Because they're all veterans. A veteran, is a veteran, is a veteran, is a veteran and if the veterans don't take care of our veterans, nobody is going to take care of us. So you got to stick up for a veteran," says Freetly.