from Sarah Hamby
Residents of seven Connecticut towns can drop off packaged, new boxers or briefs at their local town halls as part of a campaign to support the dignity of homeless veterans.
Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs Board of Trustees member and Brooklyn resident Sherri Vogt is working to assist military veterans in the simplest manner — by providing them with the most basic of garments.
Mrs. Vogt, known for her community and military service, has spoken to WWII POWs who shared their stories with her. “We didn’t change our underwear for a year,” they said to her. “We were POWs … hygiene was never discussed.”
In response, while some gather much-needed warm winter coats, Mrs. Vogt is on a mission to collect “something you never think of, something completely at the core of who we are as far as dignity is concerned … maybe something that slips through the cracks.”
Mrs. Vogt noted the cooperation of leaders in Killingly, Canterbury, Brooklyn, Hampton, Putnam, Pomfret and Woodstock. Besides at town halls, donations of new briefs or boxers can also be dropped off at WINY Radio in Putnam. Mrs. Vogt will collect all donations and take them to the Rocky Hill Veterans Home on Sept. 10. Read the rest of this entry »