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Local woman honors husband's military service by publishing his passion

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Betsy and Vernon at their wedding in 1978. Betsy and Vernon at their wedding in 1978.

WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin Dells woman is using this year's Veteran's Day to honor her late husband and his lifelong passion.

Vernon Grant was in the military for ten years. After leaving the service, he went to college in Tokyo - where he met his future wife, Wisconsin native Betsy.

All throughout his life, Vernon loved to draw. A lot of his cartoons were based on his experiences in the Army. Some of them even ended up in Stars and Stripes, the storied military newspaper.

Betsy says Vernon wanted to teach fellow soldiers lessons through his cartoons, like "Point-Man Palmer."

"He gets to Vietnam and he goes in a bar, and he has too much to drink, and he's telling secrets, military secrets,” said Betsy Grant. “The Viet Cong are underneath the table with an old-fashioned tape recorder, recording everything he said. So he spends the rest of the book chasing after them with the tape in their hand."

The lesson of that one's obvious: loose lips sink ships.

Now Betsy's making appearances around the state with her books in time for Veteran's Day.

It's all local though too... the newest book she released just last month was published by Little Creek Press in Mineral Point.

The books are sold at:
-Wisconsin Veteran's Museum near the Capitol
-Mystery to Me Books on Monroe Street
-Wisconsin Historical Museum near the Capitol
-Barnes and Noble at West Towne Mall

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