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Local veteran honors those who served

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GREAT FALLS -

Thousands of people all over the country celebrated Memorial Day on Monday, including local veterans at the Grace Home.

One veteran, named Shawn Mcbay, enjoyed the day with his 7-year-old son Cameron.

"It's important to me (Memorial Day,) because we have to remember the people that were before me," Mcbay said.

Mcbay is an E1 Infantry veteran and he says life has been tough since he served.

"I would probably be a dead guy, because of the substances I chose to do," Mcbay said.

He struggled with addiction and was homeless after suffering an injury.

"These kids had taken my clothing in a backpack on the other side of the high school, and I did exactly what the military taught me, I went right up and over the fences, cut through there, ran a quarter mile, caught them at the other end before they even got to the light, got my things back and I landed wrong and ruptured my spleen."

Mcbay was homeless this February, before he came to the Grace Home. While homeless, he suffered frostbite and lost part of his toe.

Since at the Grace Home, Mcbay has been completely sober and has been involved in his son's life. The two of them are now paying tribute to those who lost their lives. 

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