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BOSTON - Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, joined other state leaders in celebrating the accomplishments of the iPods for Wounded Veterans foundation at the Massachusetts State House on October 19, 2015. According to the organization's chairman, Paul Cardello, iPods for Wounded Veterans is a 52-member volunteer organization based in Wilmington, Massachusetts that "supports wounded veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars" by collecting iPods, DVD players, eBooks and other electronic devises to donate to wounded veterans during the “long months of rehabilitation and recovery that keeps the wounded away from their families."
The iPods for Wounded Veterans ceremony took place in the Massachusetts State House Memorial Hall. The ceremony's host - State Representative James Miceli of Wilmington - says this room is only authorized for use for veteran-related events. Speakers at the event included Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena, State Representative James Miceli and Christine Croteau, the director of the Bedford VA Hospital.
Rice addressed the audience of over 70 people immediately after Polito.
"We provide more services for our veterans in this Commonwealth than anywhere else in the nation; and that is special," said Rice. Representative Miceli echoed that message shortly thereafter saying, “We offer the best veteran service programs in the country."
Rice did not limit his accolades to the specific organization being honored, but also acknowledged several other groups including three high school seniors from Wilmington High School who, along with their teacher Ms. Dawn Martell, assembled flags adorned with yellow ribbons to give to each wounded veteran in attendance.
iPads for Wounded Veterans is a charitable organization founded in 2011. It continues to seek volunteers and donations. For more information, visit www.ipodsforwoundedveterans.org.
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