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Local barbers give back to veterans

Local barbers give back to veterans

SAN ANTONIO -- Barbers from around the city are donating their time and services to give back to veterans.

But on Sunday the barber's chair was offering more than just a razor thin shave.

VFW post 8541 took on a different atmosphere Sunday.

Barbers from across the city are providing free haircuts to veterans.

“All right Mr. Gus how are we going to cut you up today?” asked Charlie James III to Gus Runk..

“Take it all off whatever you want to do,” replied Runk.

Runk is a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Navy.

"I was on a destroyer for three years," said Runk.

His barber today is Charlie James who is also a veteran.

“Air Force but he couldn't help it,” joked Runk.

The money raised by the barbers will go to Heroes Sports, a non-profit, which supports veterans by getting them involved with sports and other physical outlets like hunting and fishing.

“And it's not even so much the haircut it's the conversation and the camaraderie that you build with your brother's in arms, you know?" said James.

That's why Iraqi War veteran Dante Langston came out for a trim.

“Us being the younger vets and the treatment that we get and how it's totally different from what they got, it's only right to walk up to them and let them know they're appreciated just the same as you," said Langston.


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