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A veteran taught me ...

Story highlights

  • Veterans Day is celebrated November 11
  • CNN iReport invited readers to send tributes to friends and family members who have served in the U.S. armed forces
  • Loved ones shared lessons learned from their veterans

Push yourself. Cherish family. Vote. On this Veterans Day, CNN iReporters share the most important lessons they've learned from vets in their lives.

We heard from wives, girlfriends, husbands, children, grandchildren and friends of some of the 21.5 million veterans alive in the U.S. today -- and some who are no longer with us.

Visit to see all the submissions and share your own.