Special Event to help Vets

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BRATTLEBORO — To honor and assist our community's veterans, a special event is being offered by Costello, Valente & Gentry this Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brattleboro VFW on Black Mountain Road.

Any veteran or direct family member may have estate planning documents (such as a will or advanced directive) prepared by donation. After the donations are tallied, Costello, Valente & Gentry will donate the sum to The Warrior Connection, a local non-profit founded by Dr. Anne Black. "That way, we can help veterans two different ways with one Veteran's Day event," said James Valente, Esq., the law firm's president.

The Warrior Connection offers specialized programming to help veterans suffering from PTSD, and their families. They have helped many local veterans, including Ryan Longtin, who attended a retreat organized by TWC. "At the retreat I found the truth of who I really am. It gave me hope for my future again," he said.

Valente notes that estate planning is important but something many people put off, or assume they don't need.

"But they absolutely do," Valente said. "For example, imagine you're hit by a bus, and it puts you in a coma you won't wake up from. Without an advanced directive, you leave your parents, spouse, and kids to try to figure out what you would have wanted. But in about 20 minutes, you can take that burden off their shoulders, and hopefully never have to use it."

Costello, Valente & Gentry has a long history of serving veterans. Thomas W. Costello, Esq., who founded the firm in 1983, served as an officer in the Marines during the Vietnam War, earning a bronze star and purple heart for his actions in combat. He has been very involved at American Legion Post #5, and currently serves as their Adjutant and corporate counsel.

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