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Over in Europe with the old paratrooper


December 28, 2018

In October, Val Bernat thought he had died and gone to heaven.

It was that sweet of a deal for the old retired Army officer, who's not accustomed to being treated like royalty.

"I flew to Switzerland to see my daughter, Janis, and her husband, Martijn Mulders, a Dutchman," he said with an appreciative chuckle.

Usually, Mr. Bernat, a tall skinny chap, gets crowded into an airline seat where his knees tickle his Adam's apple.

Not this time!

"My daughter upgraded my ticket to business class. So, before everyone was loaded on the plane, I got on first and I was drinking champagne and having a g...

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