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Say ‘Thanks for your service’ with concert this Memorial Day

To The Daily Sun,
“Thanks for your service”
These words of are heard every day as Americans express their appreciation for the service and sacrifices made by veterans as they protect our freedoms and way of life from America’s overseas enemies. Veterans, for their part, appreciate hearing “thanks for your service.” This simple, heartfelt phrase can also be expressed in a more tangible way by helping fund local, grassroots veterans support programs. These programs, frequently established by older veterans for younger vets, help ease the transition when vets return from multiple overseas deployments suffering the lingering emotional and physical effects of PTSD, traumatic brain injury, addictive behaviors, loss of limbs and other visible and invisible wounds.
Camp Resilience is one local non-profit group offering that post-deployment/post-service support. We are comprised of all volunteers; we have no paid staff and rely on donations to fund our programs for vets. Our motto is “Helping those who served bounce back in mind, body and spirit.” We need your financial help to continue to present our monthly in-residence sessions at no cost to the veterans who apply to attend. Here are some ways you can make a difference.
1. Join us on May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes High School auditorium in Meredith for a benefit concert featuring tribute artist Jay Gates. All ticket sales will go directly to Camp Resilience and are available from the sponsoring organization with whom we are partnering, the We Care Committee of Laconia’s Temple B’nai Israel. The Temple Committee chooses two local non-profits to help each year and chose Camp Resilience as one of their beneficiaries for 2017. This concert is being funded by generous donations from the Meredith Village Savings Bank and Golden View Healthcare of Meredith. Backed by a live band, Jay Gates will transform himself through make-up, wardrobe and vocal talent into two musical icons, Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow, as he performs their top hits. Tickets are available at www.tbinh.org. Your ticket price includes delicious refreshments served during intermission of this toe-tapping performance.
2. Purchase an ad in the Camp Resilience Honors Booklet which will be handed out to all concert attendees as well as placed on the Camp Resilience website, www.prli.us. Businesses may purchase ads at the $100 Patron Level, the $250 half page Silver Level or the $500 full page Gold Level. You can promote your business while supporting a very worthy charity; Camp Resilience. Contact Don at 603-293-0276 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for ad specs and details. Time is of the essence due to printing schedules so call or e-mail now!
3. Remember a veteran from your family or friends with a two-three line remembrance in the same Honors Booklet. Entries are just $10 per name and should consist of the veteran’s name, branch of service and any details about his or her military specialty. If your veteran is deceased, please indicate your remembrance is “In Memory of...” and if your veteran is living, “In Honor of...” There is no limit on how many veterans you can honor this Memorial Day Weekend at $10 per entry. Be sure to include any concluding supportive or loving message of your own about your vet’s service. Entries and payment may be made via the Camp Resilience website; www.prli.us. Honors Booklet.
4. Simply make a donation to Camp Resilience through our website, www.prli.us. Donations are tax deductible.
What better way to honor and say to a veteran “Thanks for your Service” this Memorial Day weekend then by supporting Camp Resilience for veterans throughout New England. Thank you.
Don Morrissey

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What this country needs is more honest, legal immigrants

To The Daily Sun,
As A Wise Friend Says -- and as I teach to my children -- “There is an ounce of truth in every pound of story.”
This applies to stereotypes, and particularly in my long and wide experience in the world, to stereotypes about immigrants.
Scare stories about immigrants to USA and New Hampshire abound: Exploiters, thieves, drug dealers, no-accounts, what next ... Will they sneak into my home, wicked witch style, and eat my children?
I do not advocate stereotyping at all, and I advise everyone to relate to each person as an individual human being. Sure some immigrants are all that stereotypes say; exploiters, criminals, drug dealers, etc. But if you are tempted to apply stereotypes to all members of a group, what will you judge about all Lakes Region teenagers and young adults after reading daily criminal mischief and mayhem articles in the Sun? Should we stereotype all local white people, because of the actions of a few?
Of course, you wouldn’t judge all by the actions of the few. I am active in our communities, and each day’s outings brings me in contact with people of all ages, local and yes, different origins and races, who are friendly, polite, courteous – just sharing the love.
This letter came to mind on a recent visit to a favorite community store. The manager on duty obviously was of south Asian descent, and he was as polite, helpful and quickly efficient as anyone could ask. The very neat and pretty young woman at the cash register, clearly also an Asian immigrant, was so patient and helpful with an Elder who was having a bit of trouble with her transaction. When it was my turn, it was: “Did you find everything that you wanted, sir? Was everything all right, sir? Two bags? Of course, sir. Thank you very much, sir. Good day, sir.”
Stereotypes: I worry about our locally born slackers with attitudes like: “Ya Man. Whatever. That’s your problem, figure it out.”
Come to think of it, now, maybe you local slackers SHOULD fear honest, earnest immigrants, because they WILL take your jobs and eat your lunch. It’s not for nothing that so many well paying jobs that require performance and responsibility go unfilled in NH and USA.
A proud descendant of hard-working, up-by-the-bootstraps, legal immigrants,
Michael Harris

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