Miss Vermont International Molly Carson of Bennington talks with Beatrice Perry during a visit to the Vermont Veterans  Home on Tuesday afternoon in
Miss Vermont International Molly Carson of Bennington talks with Beatrice Perry during a visit to the Vermont Veterans Home on Tuesday afternoon in Bennington. (Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner)

BENNINGTON -- Miss Vermont International, Bennington native Molly Carson, is Airman First Class with the Vermont Air National Guard and college student at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.

Carson represents the Wounded Warrior Project, and travels across the nation on a campaign called "For Those Who Can't," to raise awareness and collect funds for the project by participating in triathlons, road races, half marathons and obstacle course competitions.

Some of the funds raised are contributed to the Vermont Veterans' Home, 325 North St., as well as other veterans organizations. While Carson was visiting 19th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival over Labor Day weekend, she met John Minor of the homes' Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center, who invited her for a tour of the home.

"He had a veterans' booth so obviously I was attracted to it and stopped to talk to him to say hi and see what he does," Carson said. "I was naturally curious to meet some veterans when John invited me here. That is the goal of the Wounded Warrior Project: It is all about the veterans."

Carson is scheduled to visit the Manchester Country Club today, Wednesday, Sept. 3, for the third-annual Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament, in which three teams will participate to raise funds for the organization.

"More money goes to administrative services that it does to the veteran, so when I met her, asked her if she would like to see where this money is going," Minor said.

Donate to the Wounded Warrior project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.