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Thank You For Your Service What can we do in Wellesley and Weston to help meet the economic, employment, and wellness needs of current and future veterans? n GET TO KNOW OUR VETERANS. There are about 400,000 residing in Massachusetts and about 21.5 million in the US — that is 1 in every 12 Americans. n REMEMBER THE FALLEN. Help put flags on soldiers' graves in our towns before Memorial Day. Follow the example of many sports teams and maintain an empty chair during Memorial Day gatherings to honor those service persons still missing in action. n ACKNOWLEDGE THE SACRIFICE. Go to your local Memorial Day Parade and warmly salute participating veterans. In the fall, attend your local Veterans Day service. (They are generally held on November 11 at 11 am in honor of the time and date the Armistice was signed.) n SUPPORT A SOLDIER'S FAMILY. It is said that when one family member serves, the entire family serves. Long and/or multiple deployments can be difficult on family members back home. To find local opportunities to help, visit www.ourmilitary.mil/learn/our-military-families/how-to-get-involved, input your zip code, and search under "military families." n MAKE THE CONNECTION. Encourage local veterans and their families to be in touch with Veterans Service Officer Stanley Spear for a complete overview of programs and benefits available. (Email sspear@westsuburbanveterans.com or call 781.489.7509 (Wellesley); 781.489.7509 (Weston) ) n CARING FOR A VETERAN? The Department of Veterans Affairs has a toll- free Caregiver Support Line: 1.855.260.3274. n MENTOR A VETERAN. If you are a veteran, use your experience to help other veterans as they achieve sobriety, strengthen family relationships, and obtain stable employment and housing. To find out more about volunteering as a mentor in the Veterans Treatment Court, email Assistant Chief Probation Officer Jeffrey Jarasitis (Jeffrey.jarasitis@jud.state.ma.us) or call the Veterans Treatment Court Hotline (781.329.4777 x419). n HIRE A VETERAN. For-profit employers in Massachusetts that plan to hire certain low-income or disabled veterans may be eligible for a tax credit through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program (www.mass.gov/lwd/ employment-services/one-stop-career-centers/special-programs/wotc-program.html) n SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE HELPING VETERANS HEAL. Local organizations include Home Base, Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher There and Back Again. n MAKE GOOD USE OF YOUR FREEDOM. As John Quincy Adams wrote in a letter to his wife in April 1777, "Posterity! You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." 91 s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e House Foundation, The New England Center for Homeless Veterans, and

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