Veterans Helping Veterans

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911 veteransThey were combatants of World War II, the Korean conflict or Vietnam. Today, many spend their days in assisted living facilities often combating loneliness.

Enter members from Alpharetta’s American Legion Post 201 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12002 in Roswell with a program they call “Veteran-to-Veteran.”

The volunteers, all veterans themselves, have adopted Bickford Senior Living of Alpharetta and the Villas at Canterfield near Cumming and the dozens of veterans living in them.

It’s the brainchild of retired Coast Guard officer Michael Giglio, who works tangentially in the elder care field and discovered these facilities were home to many veterans who didn’t get a lot of visitors. It evolved into what Giglio calls special times. Giglio noted that some of the vets they visit might have problems recalling things, but always seem to remember with great clarity things that happened in service as far back as 70 years ago.

Along with comfort baskets of toiletries and snacks put together by the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, volunteers such as Vietnam veteran Andy Davis trade stories of bygone battles and military comrades with the veterans at Canterfield on one Wednesday each month.

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