Jul 26, 2015 6:24 PM
PORTSMOUTH- Sgt. First Class Jon Worrall served more than 28 years in the Navy and Army National Guard. When he came home injured, he needed a handicapped bathroom in his home.
“The Chaplain's emergency relief fund stepped ahead and they helped me out,” Worrall said.
Thousands gathered in Portsmouth for Seacoast Salutes, raising money for the Chaplain's Emergency Relief Fund and the New Hampshire Military Assistance Foundation.
“Those two organizations are non-profit organizations and do great service for our veterans and to our families,” said Brigadier Gen. Carol Protzmann, commander of the N.H. Air National Guard.
The family-friendly event offered tons of activities for the kids, and plenty for adults on the property of Red Hook Brewery. It also provided access to services for active military and veterans who may be transitioning into civilian life.
The goal was to “get together as a community and show our appreciation for military families, military personnel, and veterans,” said event organizer Chris Carragher.
It's the first year of hopefully many for this event, all made possible by sponsors and volunteers, organizers said.
“We have over 100 volunteers and I think that just speaks volumes about the importance of what we're doing,” said Carragher.
Because of the help he's received, Worrall continues his important work inviting wounded or deployed military members to his property for a non-profit called Warriors @ 45 North.
“I bring guys up there free of charge. Fishing, hunting, shooting, relaxing and hanging around with like-minded people,” Worrall said.
Seacoast Salutes hopes to continue this tradition for years to come.
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