PHOENIX - President Trump arrived in Singapore ahead of talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in one of the most highly anticipated international summits in recently.
Meanwhile here in the Valley, a Korean War Veteran said even talks of peace are already healing decades old wounds.
Korea today is very from what Peter Haas remembers in 1951 when he served in the Korean War for the United States Army. His battle wounds are still on the mend.
“As a 19-year-old, it’s a memory that will linger forever. It’s very traumatic. Very traumatic.” Haas said.
Haas is a purple heart recipient after he was hit by a mortar shell while in battle. A priest visited him in the hospital to give him his last rights.
“But I told the padre I’m too young to go by the grace of God,” Haas said.
Now more than 60 years later, Haas eagerly awaits, what he calls, a long overdue meeting between the U.S. and North Korea.
“I think we are heading in the right direction, and if we don't do anything else but open the door to future discussions,” said Haas.
Haas said he's not one to tell the president how to do his job, but since we asked his advice...
“I would be a little more friendly and not come on so strong,” said Haas.
Haas spends his time volunteering for the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. His mission now, is to make sure the 37,000 people who died in the Korean War and the veterans of today are not forgotten.
“With love and appreciation, something that we never got when we came back to the United States,” Haas said.