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Retired U.S. Army Colonel: Maine Among Best Destinations for Returning Vets
06/06/2012   Reported By: Tom Porter

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David Sutherland is a retired U.S. Army colonel with 29 years of service behind him. He led a combat brigade in Iraq a few years ago--a grueling tour during which more than 100 soldiers under his command were killed. He then worked in the Pentagon as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Currently, he's executive director at the Center for Military and Veterans Community Services. Col. Sutherland's concern now is looking after nation's the 23 million veterans--particularly helping them reintegrate into society after active service. He's visited 329 communities across the nation to talk about the issue. This morning he addressed about 500 business leaders, veterans and politicans at a breakfast conference in Portland. Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter caught up with him shortly afterwards, and he said that he hinks Maine is among the best destinations for returning veterans.

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Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter talks with retired U.S. Army Col. David Sutherland (in center at photo, right), a and veterans advocate who's now devoting himself to helping the nation's veterans reintegrate into society after active service.

Photo by Tom Porter.

 

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