A group of veterans and volunteers team up to build a ramp for a disabled Attleboro veteran | Local News


Henry Goslin moved into the Oakhill Estates in Attleboro in early December and said he was tired of being housebound.

The 70-year-old disabled Vietnamese army veteran needed a wheelchair ramp to get out and was waiting for the Veterans Administration to install one.

“They were very good. Very efficient and quick, Goslin said Thursday.

Volunteers from the groups installed a metal railing at no cost in about 1.5 hours, said Craig Chapman, vice president of New Englanders Helping Our Veterans.

The first thing Goslin and his wife Michele did after the ramp was installed was to have lunch.

“We went out to get a burger,” Goslin said, adding that they went to Wendy’s in South Attleboro.

The Pawtucket native served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971, signing up for service at the age of 17.

“I was looking forward to it,” Goslin said with a laugh.

Veterans Administration workers installed a permanent ramp on Wednesday, Goslin said.

Chapman said the New Englanders Helping Our Veterans were happy to help Goslin and his wife.

He and volunteers Jimmy Collins, president of New Englanders Helping Our Veterans, Random Smile Project president Paul Molla and vice president Matt Sousa and Kevin Marshall and John Brunelli set up the ramp.

The group helps veterans across New England in a variety of ways, including providing financial assistance and counseling.

Random Smile Project provides families in need with clothing, groceries, books and toys in addition to construction and renovation projects such as wheelchair ramps, handicapped bathroom conversions and home repairs.

David Linton can be reached at 508-236-0338.


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