Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 16, 2013

Many ways to give locally

Homes for Our Troops is a national organization that has built homes for more than 100 soldiers who became handicapped after serving.

There are plenty of ways to help area veterans through local organizations as well. Groups you can support to assist veterans in Andover are:


The American Legion was founded in 1919 in Paris. After its first post opened in Washington, D.C. that year, a post in Andover quickly formed. It was the eighth in the state of Massachusetts to be chartered, so it is referred to as Post 8.

It started as a support group for veterans, and it continues to provide that service today, according to Post 8 Commander Ted Witman.

Post 8 provides a number of services to veterans, including helping them with jobs, apartments, money for groceries or other bills.

The organization works closely with students in the Civil Air Patrol and Navy Sea Cadets, and sends students in the area to a week-long civics program that provides experience serving in government positions such as town manager, senator and representative.

Members of the organization also lobby local and national legislators to provide veterans support. Members regularly volunteer in tutoring youth, and the post’s baseball league is a high-ranking contender in the legion’s 18-member eighth district.

For more information, Post 8 can be reached at P.O. Box 62, Andover, MA. Witman can be contacted at 978-683-9988.


Under state general laws, every city and town is required to have a veterans officer who serves as a resource to help veterans as well as their families.

In Andover, Mike Burke is that officer, and his office does more than just help veterans. For instance, an annual book project titled “Heroes Among Us” tells the stories of Andover’s veterans, and free patriotic concerts are frequently held by the Veterans Office.

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