To The Daily Sun,
Seeing Hillary Clinton three times in three days was hardly enough for me. She is so intelligent. But more importantly, she is engaging and empathetic.
Hillary's passion and fire brought down the house at the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention last weekend in Manchester. In Plymouth, she charmed a room full of local Democrats of all stripes and in Laconia, Hillary hosted a discussion on substance abuse. The latter made the deepest impression, not only because of the moving stories of the Laconia community and their coming together to combat substance abuse, but because of my own experience meeting Hillary.
I was lucky enough to meet with her before the discussion began and told her that my daughter was on Capitol Hill that very minute, trying to convince her elected representatives to put more resources into preventing veteran suicides. Hillary lit up. She was excited to hear about the work my daughter was doing, to make a real difference tackling such a serious problem, and she clearly understood how proud I felt.
I mentioned that my daughter told me that it's not just younger veterans who are suffering from substance abuse and suicide, but that it's a problem among older veterans, too. So you can imagine how I felt during the question-and-answer session an hour later, when Hillary, in her comments, was quick to draw attention to older veterans struggling with such abuse and suicide.
The Hillary I met couldn't be more different from the Hillary I read about in the media. She is a warm, compassionate, thoughtful listener, and I can't wait to see her in the White House.
Patricia P. Schlesinger
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