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Iraq and Afghanistan veterans tell TODAY who they're #InspiredBy

Nov. 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM ET

When we asked the TODAY community to share the stories of who you've been #InspiredBy, many of you named men and women in the military who have made a difference in your life.

On Monday, a group of service members from the nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) came by the plaza on Veterans Day, and shared their stories of who has inspired them:

Christopher Villatoro, US Marine Corps Veteran
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Christopher Villatoro, US Marine Corps Veteran

Christopher Villatoro: "What inspires me are simply the men who have served on my side on every single one of my deployments...To them I want to take this opportunity to say thank you."

Lucas Scimia, US Army Veteran
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Lucas Scimia, US Army Veteran

Lucas Scimia: "I would also like to thank my brother who inspired me to join the United States Army. As a young child growing up I was a little lost and the Army put me on the right path. I would not have had it any other way."

Seth Smith, US Navy Veteran
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Seth Smith, US Navy Veteran

Seth Smith: "What inspires me most are military families, spouses and the support and love that they give to their service members and veterans when they come home."

See more #InspiredBy stories and share your own here.

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