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Letter: Serving Those Who Served Us

To the Editor:

There are many ways to recognize and thank the military veterans who live among us in the Upper Valley. Recently, we at Project VetCare organized a raffle to honor wounded veterans during a weekend adventure and to publicize the work we do at our Hanover office. Two people were each awarded a stay for two at the Mountain View Grand Resort, with an invitation to join five wounded soldiers for an off-road tour at Jericho Mountain State Park. The winners were Elizabeth Crory, one of Hanover’s representatives in the New Hampshire House for many years, and Jim McKeown, a Lebanon veteran and volunteer for Project VetCare. But Project VetCare was the big winner when both prizes were donated back to our organization.

We in turn decided to pass along the prizes to deserving veterans. One trip was awarded to an Army veteran from Hampton Beach who was wounded by a rocket attack in Iraq. The other was awarded to Wayne Dunham, who served our country for eight years as a member of the Army’s military police. Dunham was sent to Iraq six days after he was married. In that country, he dealt with full-scale riots, mortar bomb strikes and run-ins with enemy combatants on a daily basis. Wayne continues to serve, but these days he works as a full-time firefighter and EMT in Hanover.

As for Project VetCare, we, too, will continue to serve. We’ll be sending veterans into classrooms at Hanover and Lebanon high schools to help students understand what’s involved in the vital business of defending our country. And with the generous and thoughtful help of people like Crory and McKeown, we will keep our doors open to the veterans who come to us for advice and financial and moral support.

Robert Chambers