The Stoughton Council on Aging, in cooperation with the Stoughton Veterans Services Office and Military Friends, presented a delicious breakfast, and a healthy serving of information, to Stoughton veterans. COA Director Karen Hall welcomed the 50 or so guests. Jerry and Sylvia Miller sang "God Bless America" and everyone sat and ate some eggs, potatoes, french toast, bacon, and sausage, which was provided at a reduced cost by Bob's Famous Food Mart. Interim Town Manager Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. stopped by to say a few words of welcome. Then, Stoughton Veterans Agent Mike Pazyra provided a myriad of information on veterans discount programs at restaurants and retailers, and went through a long list of benefits available to veterans and their widows. If you have served in the military, you may have money or other benefits due you. Call Pazyra at Town Hall and make an appointment to see what might be available to you. Sara Keller-Linkens, Executive Director of Military Friends, spoke about the organization, which honors fallen soldiers. She had a flag which was made of photos of every fallen soldier from Massachusetts, since September 11, 2001. She also spoke about the 2012 Run for the Fallen fundraiser. Harvey Spack hosted a moment of reflections and an opportunity for all those present to introduce themselves. The late morning event was closed out by Teresa Tapper, who works for the Stoughton Youth Commission, and is part of a family with a long line of those who served in the miitary, made the closing remarks.

Story and Photos by Mark Snyder. (c) 2012 by PMPNetwork,Inc./

(Top photos, the crowd at the event. 2nd Row left: Hank & Gloria Herbowy (Yes, she was in 3 Scott Brown TV ads!) 2nd Row right: Jerry and Sylvia Miller. Third Row Left: COA Director Karen Hall. Third Row Right: Kaylee Mello and Joan Foley Fourth Row left: Keller-Linkens and Pazyra. Fourth Row light: Memorabilia. Fifth Row left: Hank Herbowy (in middle, during Korean War). Fifth Row right: Massachusetts Faces of Freedom flag from Military Friends. Bottom Row: Selectman Vice Chair Cynthia Walsh and Pazyra speaking to crowd.)