Saturday November 24, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Nearly 90 members of the Brattleboro Detachment 798 of the Marine Corps League learned on Nov. 10 about some of the work the Brattleboro Retreat is doing to help military and civil service veterans afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Robert Simpson, chief executive officer of the Brattleboro Retreat, was guest speaker on the occasion of the 237th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. The event was held at the Brattleboro American Legion, Post 5.

Dr. Simpson, whose father served in World War II with the Marine Corps, said the Retreat’s PTSD program has grown in the four years since its inception "and I feel we’re doing good work." He also noted the Retreat has treated servicemen since 1834.

Detachment Commandant Richard Hodgdon served as master of ceremonies for the program, saying the evening was being dedicated to the later Roger Aquadro, an active member of the MCL who passed away while participating in military Memorial Day exercises earlier this year.

A traditional highlight of the event was the cake cutting ceremony with the oldest veteran, Leonard Randall of South Newfane, a veteran of Iwo Jima in WWII, and youngest, Scott Larabee of Vernon, assisting.

Attorney and MCL member Thomas Costello read the Marine Corps Commandant’s message which focused on the battle for Guadalcanal in World War II. General James F. Amos’ remarks read by Costello thanked Marines, past, present and future.

The evening included dinner and dancing to the music of the "Solid Old Cadillacs."