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Bellingham residents stage cookout for disabled veterans

August 25, 2014

BELLINGHAM – When Denis Auger and Mickey Emery got the idea to help disabled veterans with a cookout at Auger’s Lake Hiawatha home 11 years ago, they counted on the help of the friends and area veterans to put the event together and make it happen.

Emery died in 2010, but the annual event benefitting disabled veterans from the Brockton VA Hospital and other residences was on again at Auger’s home on Saturday thanks to the help of Emery’s wife, Liz; Auger’s daughter, Nicole Auger-Gassett; and a battalion of volunteers from area veteran organizations.

The veterans’ large handicapped assistance bus from the Department of Veterans Affairs was found parked in the driveway of Auger’s 25 Pelletier Drive home on the lakeshore, and the veterans were seated around tables enjoying hamburgers, clam chowder, clam cakes and much more prepared by veterans such as John Cormier of Bellingham’s VFW Post 7272, Henry Bertulli of DAV Chapter 6, Milford; and Chapter 6 Commander Bill Vicini.

Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Call.

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