Local family seeking to help stricken vets in fundraiser



FRANKLIN — A local family dedicated to helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and head trauma is asking motorcyclists to come to the Franklin Veterans Club on Saturday, July 12, to show off their bikes and make a donation.

Jean Guyette of Franklin said she, her sisters and their 80-year-old mother are looking for pledges as they walk at Fenway Park in Boston July 19 to raise awareness and funding for the Home Base Program.

The program supports New England veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD and head injuries.

Guyette said she will videotape motorcyclists at the Veterans Club July 12 as they describe their bikes in her film, “Messages from Maine Motorcycles.”

“I know motorcycle riders love what they do and love their bikes,” she said. “This will give me an opportunity to start to catalog Maine motorcycles and share in the fun while supporting an incredibly important cause.”

Guyette said her father, who passed away a number of years ago, was a staunch supporter of veterans and worked as an employment counselor for the Veterans Administration.

She said all proceeds from the Run/Walk to Home Base in Boston will be used to fund services and activities.

The walk is sponsored by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, Guyette said.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]