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Monday, June 30, 2014

VFW would be a welcome presence

Letter to the Editor

With rising crime rates in my Crown Hill neighborhood, it’s no wonder the community is on edge. It seems no one is safe – even the Girls Inc. playground is littered with hypodermic needles. The reluctance of Ward 7 residents to recognize the value of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the neighborhood astounds me. In 2011, the Nashua VFW Post 483 helped organize a fundraiser for “Super” Cooper Doucette, who is now successfully fulfilling his college ambitions. Before he graduated from Nashua High, Cooper ‘s family needed assistance and the VFW was there to help. A Sunday breakfast and raffle raised funds for the Doucette family. I learned how much the VFW Post 483 contributes to the Nashua community. This includes their support of paralyzed vets, college scholarships, school presentations with the New Hampshire color guard and much more. When the veterans move to Arlington St. it will be a welcome sight. With no established crime watch or police substation in the neighborhood, their presence will be noticed. These men and women served our country proudly and I know they will honor and respect neighbors who want safety to return to Crown Hill.

Marianne O’Connor ...

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With rising crime rates in my Crown Hill neighborhood, it’s no wonder the community is on edge. It seems no one is safe – even the Girls Inc. playground is littered with hypodermic needles. The reluctance of Ward 7 residents to recognize the value of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the neighborhood astounds me. In 2011, the Nashua VFW Post 483 helped organize a fundraiser for “Super” Cooper Doucette, who is now successfully fulfilling his college ambitions. Before he graduated from Nashua High, Cooper ‘s family needed assistance and the VFW was there to help. A Sunday breakfast and raffle raised funds for the Doucette family. I learned how much the VFW Post 483 contributes to the Nashua community. This includes their support of paralyzed vets, college scholarships, school presentations with the New Hampshire color guard and much more. When the veterans move to Arlington St. it will be a welcome sight. With no established crime watch or police substation in the neighborhood, their presence will be noticed. These men and women served our country proudly and I know they will honor and respect neighbors who want safety to return to Crown Hill.

Marianne O’Connor

Nashua