She ....somewhat tearfully....pointed out that "Freedom isn't free..." and encourages people to "thank a vet!" For 7 years on Veterans Day she herself has sent individual thank you cards to the veterans she knows and encourages others to do the same.
UNTIL ....Laurie King submitted her story to NBC. Unfortunately Claudia was not one of the 4 NBC said they would honor by donating $500 to their favorite charity. Instead she was 5th runner up.....BUT....Channel 4 chose to feature her story anyway as the lead in to the whole 3 hour show!! Since she was "out of the money" so to speak and as a surprise to Claudia, Laurie had taken up a collection among her coworkers (including son Seth!) and on the show presented her with a HUGE check that turned out to be over $1600 dollars. They will divide and donate to their four chosen charities, The Salvation Army, Veterans Association, Red Cross and their Church's Disaster Mission team!!!!