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Guard members stationed overseas to receive taste of home

Posted 11/24/22

Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon met with staff at the Veteran’s Outreach Center to pack up snacks that were provided by local veterans, Utica Comets fans, and state employees.

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Guard members stationed overseas to receive taste of home

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UTICA — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon met with staff at the Veteran’s Outreach Center to pack up snacks that were provided by local veterans, Utica Comets fans, and state employees over the last month to be sent overseas to National Guard members that are currently serving in Africa.

The 2-108 Charlie and Alpha Companies and the 1st of the 69th were deployed this summer and are serving in Africa.

“I sincerely appreciate all our guard members do to keep us all safe and hope this small token of appreciation by our local community members provides some cheerfulness during the holidays,” said Buttenschon. “Thank you again to the Utica Comets and The Veteran’s Outreach Center for always partnering for a great cause!”

Utica Center for Development, inc. Founder/Executive Director Vincent Scalise said the hardest part of a deployment is always being so far away from home and your loved ones.

“Being away during the holidays makes the experience so much worse but, nothing brings a smile to a soldier’s face more than packages from home,” Scalise said. “I am sure grateful that we able to do this for service members.”

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