Letter: North East Kingdom Veteran's Summit

To the editor:

Having attended my first North East Kingdom Veteran's Summit at Lyndon State College, I can only say it was awesome!

The college and the Lyndon State Veterans Club pulled together one of the most comprehensive programs that I have ever seen in the 50 plus years as a Veteran for Veterans. What outstanding participation from veteran's, State and Federal government and community support programs, for veterans under one roof in the northeast. It was a day to take in all the support that is available to our veterans and how and what the many Veteran's organizations do to ensure when a veteran is in need, they get the help they need. If you are a veteran and missed this event, don't miss it next year, it will give you one of the most enjoyable and memorable outings to hear some great programs, great speakers such as Amy Ash Nixon, journalist for the Caledonian-Record talk about her article on World War II veteran's and their experiences, and John Hojek, on the Gold Star Roses program that even chocked up this old war horse.

Not only did I met some follow veterans that had served in the branches of the service I was in and establish new friendships, I got to reconnect with one of the 100 Vermonters, in what was an all Vermont Company, that in June of 1966 left from Burlington for Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL for basic training, what a reunion catching up on 50 years of life. Hopefully, Lyndon State College organization and Thom Anderson, Associate Provost and Advisor to the Lyndon State College Veterans Club will hold the sixth annual NEK Veteran's Summit next year.

Many thanks for all that gave their time, effort and support for a most memorable outing.

— C. William Mattoon, chief warrant officer, U. S. Coast Guard, retired



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