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Readers respond to ‘Lost Soldier’

Marcy Sugar and Kathy Mitchell Creators Syndicate

Dear Annie: I liked your reply to “Lost Soldier,” who had trouble reconnecting to the civilian world after serving in the military. As an ex-Navy Seabee, I understand completely.

What helped me the most was joining some of the local service-connected groups like the American Legion, AMVETS, FRA and, for me particularly, the Seabee Veterans of America. It was nice to be able to talk to others without having to “translate” and to again have the feeling of being part of a family.

He could also volunteer with one of the groups. Or, if there is a nearby military display or museum, try there. I never served aboard a ship, but I now help take care of a WWII museum ship. Any ex-military person is and always will be part of the larger Army/Navy/Marine/Air Force/Coast Guard family. – Can Do

Dear Can Do: We were heartened by the outpouring of support for “Lost Soldier” from civilians, as well as ex-military. Read on:

Dear Annie: I wanted to make you aware of an organization that “Lost Soldier” may find interesting and helpful. It is called The Mission Continues ( This organization empowers veterans to keep serving and succeeding in their own communities. I became aware of this organization when Jon Stewart mentioned it on “The Daily Show.” – Amy

Dear Annie: I suggest “Lost Soldier” investigate joining the police department. The pay is good, and it offers outstanding benefits.

I am a retired military veteran who served 35 years as a police officer. I can promise him that he’d never lack for something to do, and no two days are ever alike. It was the best job I ever had. – P.

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