Veterans Day: Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down opens up about his time in the US Navy

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What Veterans Day Means To Veterans

Once U.S. troops return home, they often battle homelessness, PTSD and difficulty finding work. However, there are signs that new programs are helping America's vets get back on their feet faster.

"Although nearly 50,000 veterans call our nation's streets home on a given night, this represents a more than 30 percent decrease in veteran homelessness in less than five years," says Baylee Crone, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. "Our ability to respond rapidly has improved dramatically."

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While this is a positive trend, Crone and many other experts still urge all Americans to lend a hand to the troops.

As America takes a moment to recognize the sacrifices of veterans, is diving deeper into the issues veterans face after deployment and having our troops share their own stories.

Chris Henderson, of famed rock band 3 Doors Down, is a proud U.S. Navy veteran and gives back by supporting the #DayForTheBrave.

#DayForTheBrave is the first national veteran-focused day of giving, a day to show U.S. troops and veterans appreciation and respect. Around 200 veteran organizations -- including the Wounded Warrior Project, the USO and the Fisher House -- will be working together to raise more than $1 million in just 24 hours for troops. You too can get involved here.

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Veterans Day: Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down opens up about his time in the US Navy
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down performs during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series at FOX Studios on August 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Guitarist Chris Henderson (L) and bassist Todd Harrell of the rock band 3 Doors Down perform during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series at FOX Studios on August 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)
CLARKSTON, MI - JUNE 27: Chet Roberts, Chris Henderson and Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down performs at the DTE Energy Center on June 27, 2012 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MAY 26: Todd, Harrell and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down perform at the Trump Taj Mahal on May 26, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 09: Chris Henderson 3 Doors Down performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Musicians Brad Arnold, Matt Roberts and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down attends the T.J. Martell Foundation 35th Annual Awards Gala at Marriot Marquis on October 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down (center) with cousin (left) and mother (right) (Photo by David Pomponio/FilmMagic)
Loretta Lynn (center) Brad Arnold and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down (Photo by R. Diamond/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Matt ROBERTS and Todd HARRELL and 3 DOORS DOWN and Brad ARNOLD and Chris HENDERSON; Posed full length group portrait L-R Todd Harrell, Brad Arnold, Matt Roberts and Chris Henderson (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Chris Henderson, Todd Harrell, Matt Roberts, Brad Arnold, Rich Liles of the group 3 Doors Down, pose with their award for Favorite New Pop/Rock Artist at the 28th Annual American Music Awards 08 January 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION What or who inspired you to get involved with supporting U.S. veterans?

Chris Henderson: I come from a long line of veterans and a very patriotic family. My grandfather was a Navy PBY pilot in WWII and my father an Air Force veteran. I grew up knowing I would serve one day, and I did join the U.S. Navy. I would have stayed in until retirement if it wasn't for 3 Doors Down getting signed to a record deal. What have you been most surprised to learn about veterans from your interactions with them?

Chris Henderson: I'm most surprised by the continuing drive to serve our country. Most of the veterans I know and have met, continue to give back and help our brothers and sisters in any way they can. There is an honor among us that can't be broken. What are the most rewarding experiences you've had so far with veterans and their families?

Chris Henderson: My most rewarding experiences with veterans have been the camaraderie and friendships I've developed over the years. We all have a lot in common. Not only from when we served, but now later in life. How can everyday Americans who don't have the privilege of being closely related to a veteran give back and show their support?

Chris Henderson: There are many wonderful programs out there that support our veterans and their families after they return from overseas. Many of them come back changed forever! You can give or volunteer to one of these wonderful programs. I guarantee you will be glad you did.

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Veterans Day: Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down opens up about his time in the US Navy

Drew Carey, Marine Corp.

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George Strait, Army

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Morgan Freeman, Air Force

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Chuck Norris, Air Force

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Sinbad, Air Force

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Elvis Presley, Army

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Craig Morgan, Army

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Willie Nelson, Air Force

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Adam Driver, Marine Corp.

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Everly Brothers, Marine Corp.

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Ice-T, Army Rangers

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Paul Newman, Navy

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Leonard Nimoy, Army

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M.C. Hammer, Navy

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Mr. T, Army

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Gene Hackman, Marine Corp.

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George Jones, Marine Corp.

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James Earl Jones, Army Rangers

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Hugh Hefner, Army

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Jimi Hendrix, Army

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Alan Alda, Army Reserve

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Clint Eastwood, Army

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Bill Cosby, Navy

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Shaggy, Marine Corp.

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Ed McMahon, Marine Corp.

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John Fogerty, Army Reserve

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Pat Sajak, Army

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Kris Kristofferson, Army

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George Carlin, Air Force

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Nate Dogg, Marine Corp.

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James Otto, Navy

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Johnny Cash, Air Force

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Jamey Johnson, Marine Corp.

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Clark Gable, Army

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Oliver Stone, Army

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Montel Williams, Marine Corp./Navy

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Tony Bennett, Army

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Humphrey Bogart, Navy

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Mel Brooks, Army

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Johnny Carson, Navy

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Robert Duvall, Army

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Dennis Franz, Army

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Henry Fonda, Navy

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