Veterans have  a lot to offer

To the editor:

Last week, as we rightly do every Memorial Day, we paid tribute to those who served in the military, helping to preserve the blessings of freedom for us all. This annual holiday reminds us not to take their sacrifice for granted, and we don’t…that’s why we memorialize them.

While some have made the ultimate sacrifice in war, there are other veterans that suffer long term physical and mental scars from their service, or the battles that daily life presents. Our WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans now deal with the challenges of aging, while the more recent soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan deal with a different set of circumstances and challenges as they reintegrate into their communities.

At Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center, we have developed a program we call Veterans Helping Veterans. Our goal is to provide volunteer support to veterans and their families in need of the services we provide, and to introduce other, more independent and healthy veterans into volunteerism.

We are seeking veteran volunteers, age 55 and older, to provide transportation to medical appointments at the VA clinics and hospitals in White River, Vt., Keene, Manchester and Boston.  We are also seeking volunteers to match one-on-one to veterans in need of companionship and assistance in their homes. Volunteers may visit; help with grocery shopping or errands; provide transportation to medical appointments; and complete light handyman repairs. Schedules may be regular or flexible, and our services are free.

For more information about our Veterans Helping Veterans Program, please call me at 357-6893 in Keene, 924-7350 for the greater Peterborough area or visit us at monadnockvolunteercenter.org.

Peter Moore

RSVP Program Coordinator

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