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Chaput named Mass. Disabled Veteran of the Year

Eagle-Tribune - 6/3/2024

HAVERHILL — Korean War veteran Russell V.J. Chaput of Haverhill will be recognized at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for being named this year’s Massachusetts Disabled Veteran of the Year.

Chaput, a member of the DAV Hannah Dustin Chapter 20, was a driving force behind the creation of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in GAR Park. He will be honored as the Massachusetts Disabled Veteran of the Year during the annual Massachusetts DAV Convention and Joseph Harold Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the DoubleTree Hilton in Leominster.

To RSVP contact Rachelle at 617-727-2974 or Tickets are $50. Dinner is your choice of baked haddock or stuffed chicken.

The DAV’s Disabled American Veteran of the Year award recognizes one service-connected disabled veteran whose perseverance in overcoming a life-changing disability serves as an inspiration for other veterans, and who demonstrates responsible citizenship through veterans advocacy and various other civic activities. The recipient of this annual honor epitomizes veterans’ continued commitment to their country, community and fellow veterans in their post-military life.

Chaput, 92, a pillar of the Haverhill community and veteran organizations, has been for 70 years and continues to be an unwavering supporter, leader, and advocate within the Haverhill and Merrimack Valley communities for veterans and other people in need.

Jennifer Wilber, DAV Chapter 20 Adjutant, said Chaput is the most selfless person, relentlessly exhibiting a can-do spirit, and is a role model for younger generations regarding integrity, work ethic, selfless service, values, consideration of others, loyalty, devotion, and duty to country and community.

Chaput’s selection as the 2024 MA Disabled American Veteran of the Year is commendable and warrants widespread community, state, and national recognition, Wilber said.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, second floor, City Hall, 4 Summer St. and is open to the public.


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