Cash-strapped veterans struggling to afford heat, rent, food, medicine and other expenses are getting help from volunteer firefighters.
Members of the Berlin Fire Department raised $6,300 and bought 126 $50 gift cards for the town veterans’ Commission on Dec. 5 to give to local vets in need.
“A few years ago, we heard that some local veterans were having trouble paying for heat, light, medicines, food and having to make choices what to get,” former Berlin VFD Chief James Simons said Tuesday of the contributions. “We thought that’s just not right.”
All the money given by the firefighters stays in town; it only goes to resident veterans who are in need. Recipients are...