"I think what you'd find among the lefties in Takoma Park is that we should get to know these guys," he said. "They've endured a lot for us."
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"The vibe I get is that they are very welcoming of the community coming in," Patten, 56, said. "I biked past that place a thousand times and wondered if there were enough veterans in Takoma Park to sustain it."