Helping bridge the civil-military divide

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BRATTLEBORO — On Saturday, Nov. 9, Lauren Mabie, a Brattleboro native and former Army Officer, will lead the Fourth Annual 22 Mile March. The March brings light to troubling statistics in regards to veteran suicide, and is intended to help bridge the civil-military divide.

Last year, the Uniformed Services Program at the Brattleboro Retreat and the local organization The Warrior Connection supported and sponsored the March. Both of these organizations provide services to aid veterans in their physical and psychological healing.

The 22 Mile March will start at the Brattleboro Union High School; participants are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. The March will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. when participants will step off to march eleven miles to the Putney Food Co-Op. Participants are welcome to walk shorter distances, or get picked up somewhere along the route. Marchers will return from Putney along the same route. Bottled water and snacks will be provided every three to four miles for all participants.

As was done in previous years, marchers will honor veterans who committed suicide. If you or anyone you know has been personally effected by this issue, and would like a veteran to be remembered, contact Lauren at lauren.mabie@alumni.american.edu, or at 802-338-6580. Lauren believes that remembering local veterans is an important way to help our community connect more with this issue and veterans sacrifices.

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