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Thank You For Your Service: Encounter With A D-Day Survivor Changes Vet’s Perspective

Houston comedian and storyteller Ty Mahany — himself a veteran — tells the story of how an encounter with a survivor of the D-Day invasion changed how he feels about the practice of thanking veterans for their service.



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When Houston comedian and storyteller Ty Mahany was in the military, he had an encounter with a survivor of the D-Day invasion. Like many of us would, he shook the veteran’s hand and thanked him for his service.

But, while most encounters would end there, Mahany tells us what happened next and how it shaped his thoughts about people (including himself) thanking vets for their service.

Mahany is a frequent contributor to Houston Matters. While he stands out in his appearances on this show for his sometimes acerbic wit and unique perspective on the world, he's also known around town as a well-respected storyteller. In 2014, he won the grand slam competition at the Houston edition of The Moth StorySLAM, and his true-life, first-person accounts have also been presented at Bootown's Grown-up Storytime events.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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