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Three brothers pay tribute to their father by raising funds for troops

Associated Press

BRAINERD, Minn. — Boyd, Loren and Greg Junes never became soldiers, but they’ve carried on the military pride their father instilled in them by raising money for the troops.

The Juneses, who grew up on a farm in Menahga, started selling CDs and "Support the Troops" buttons at Brainerd’s Fourth of July celebration. They since have raised between $300 and $500 to give to the Brainerd Armory for its Family Readiness Group and the 194th Armor Regiment.

The brothers’ father, Harry Junes, was a World War II veteran who lived at the St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Hospital before he died in June.

"Our father loved the flag and loved our country," said Loren Junes, who lives in Maple Grove. "It always was part of our life."

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The CD the Juneses sell includes one song — the World War I-era "Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You" — that the brothers recorded to fulfill their father’s wish.

Staff Sgt. Peter Siekas of the Brainerd Armory said the Juneses have truly made a difference.

"No one has ever done this much for our troops like they have, especially for people who aren’t veterans," Siekas said.

Boyd Junes, who lives in Baxter, said the three hope to expand their efforts.

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