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Lawmakers Play Secret Santa To Veterans

by Staff Report | Dec 20, 2013 3:16pm
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Reps. Frank Nicastro, Betty Boukus, and Claire Janowski with Veterans Commissioner Linda Schwartz

This year marks the 11th year of lawmakers’ Secret Santa clothing drive for the veterans at the state home in Rocky Hill.

“It was a very, very good turnout this year. It’s a big variety of clothing,” Rep. Betty Boukus said Thursday at the culmination of the drive. “. . . We always get a little concerned toward the end and then it just blossoms. So we’re very thankful.”

This year is likely the last year with State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz, who accepted a nomination last month from President Obama to serve as an assistant secretary within the federal VA.

“She’ll be sorely missed,” Boukus said.

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