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John Sacco, above, joined the Air Force in 1966.
“My time in Viet Nam is like a ghost that never goes away. Sometimes it sits in a corner and stares. Sometimes it hides … in a closet or in the cellar … and leaves me alone. Sometimes it stands next to me and shouts until I cover my ears and run screaming from the room. Care for the Troops has given me the chance to share some of what happened there, helped me to take a fresh look from a different perspective, and even helped me shout back at my ghost a few times!”
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At Care for the Troops, if we can help one veteran feel welcomed, loved, honored and thanked, we’ve done our job. But there are so many veterans. As many as 20 veterans a day commit suicide and that is unacceptable. Care for the Troops honors our veterans — veterans of any era — by helping them tell their stories to others, to each other, to their families. We gather veterans together because we know there is strength in numbers. We listen, we pray, we work together with these wonderful warriors. We teach skills to help them become not just resilient but to thrive.
“Care for the Troops is thanking the soldier not with words, but with actions. You reach inside the soldier to give that humanity back to him. And that is a true thank you.” — Bill Munsell
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Our plans for 2018 include:
- A play, "Welcome Home," to bring our veterans' stories to a larger audience
- A veterans drop-in center
- Gatherings, meals and workshops to help veterans, families, churches and communities
- Video storytelling
- Coordination with Holyoke Community College for training and outreach
- We have new board members who are full of ideas, so stay tuned!
Jim Knight, above, enlisted in the Army in 1965
“Being recently ‘retired’ I saw a short article in our local paper regarding veterans helping other veterans and immediately decided it was something I could do on a limited basis. I had no idea what I could do but had really worried about newer veterans problems and so wanted to get involved. At our meetings and discussions I have learned so much. I also saw a way to help me rethink my military experience and how it affected, illuminated and augmented the pathways my life has taken”.
Read more of Jim's story here.