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.
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.
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