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Veterans' wives say parade therapeutic for their families

Posted at 5:41 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 20:44:57-05

It's a day to honor all those who have served our country.  

The Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade is the largest veterans parade west of the Mississippi, second nationwide only to New York City.  It had been expected to draw about 30,000 people to downtown.  

For some of those people, the parade was a therapeutic experience.  

"It's like a big family," says Josie Dehoyos, the wife of a Vietnam veteran.  

Dehoyos and her husband married just nine months before he was drafted.  

"I didn't know if I was going to see him again," says Dehoyos.  

This year, she and her husband are celebrating 48 years together.

On Friday, she and her friends celebrated six years of watching their husbands march in the Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade. They say the parade is therapeutic for both themselves and their husbands. 

"It has really helped him to get over all that he has gone through," says Dehoyos.