Letters: God bless Marine Sgt. Damon C. Eppinette


My heart, tears and prayers go out to the family of Damon C. Eppinette. He was a Marine struggling with the aftereffects of war (PTSD); a Marine who served our country with pride and honor.

It is mentioned: He had many fellow comrades who were fighting their own battles with PTSD: Awakening terrified in the night (flashbacks), concealing emotions, lacking trust, what if/should have, no peace in mind or spirit, never have the right to be happy again, why did he come home and his friends didn't, sitting with back to the wall, hopeless and scared. There are many faces to PTSD.

Let this be a wake-up call to spouses, siblings, relatives, friends and the community: PTSD is real.

You know PTSD is genuine when you see your loved one, after 45 years, waking up in sweat and terror in his eyes.

It is now time for all to stand up and be counted to take care of these Veterans: When a veteran hurts so does his family.

Thank you, Sergeant Damon C. Eppinette for your service to our country and God bless you and your family.



Thanks to all tournament participants

The family of the late Otto Raetz would like to thank Jeff Metcalf, President of Bennington Little League, the coaches and the managers and especially all the ballplayers who took part in the Wooden Bat Classic Tournament on May 24, at the Bennington Little League Complex on Park Street.

The tournament was dedicated to his memory and his effort in helping to build the original fields.

He would have loved seeing how beautiful the fields, buildings, etc. are kept and especially the addition of lights for night games.

Also, a thank you to the volunteers who ran the concession stand and to Heather Raetz for the wonderful design logo that was on the blue shirts the ballplayers wore.

For those of us who could be there and those who couldn't, we appreciate your acknowledgment of him. We who knew him and loved him will never forget his love of the game.

Thank you so much.

NORMA RAETZ AND SONS, Edward, Joel, Terry and Timmy



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