Connecticut Better Business Bureau is honoring nine members of the military and will introduce them at a CT Tigers game in August. The nine were nominated by members of the public.
Connecticut BBB’s Military Line is sponsoring its second annual Military Appreciation Night August 8th at Dodd Stadium in Norwich. Visitors who attend the game will receive a commemorative baseball card set featuring the “Military All-Stars” and their stories.
The servicemen being honored are Navy Logistics Specialist Scott Burgess of Danielson; Army National Guard Sergeant Randy Atkinson from Groton; Navy Chief Petty Officer David Croughwell of Lisbon; Waterford native Navy Master Chief Commissaryman Chris Nailon; Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Class Randy Ashmore of Woodbury; Army Sergeant Jason Knowlton from Wallingford; Navy Command Master Chief Petty Officer Bob Boyd, who hails from Winnemucca, NV; Navy Culinary Specialist Nathanial Tingson from Forest Hills, NY, and Navy Chief Petty Officer Steven Phipps from DuBois, PA.
“I think it’s great and I was surprised that they asked me,” says Sgt. Atkinson. “To me it’s an honor, and I accept that honor.”
The service members and their families praised BBB Military Line, which offers resources for past and present members of the armed forces and their families.
The wife of CSCM Nailon, Michelle, praised BBB Military Line for its various programs. “Any resources for active duty or veterans are well worth it.”
Her husband Chris is serving overseas but will return home one week before the Military Appreciation Night game, and the surprise of having been selected for recognition. “After 26 years, he is well-deserving.”
Since 2004, BBB’s Military Line program has offered education, such as financial readiness classes, outreach at public events, articles, newsletters, consumer guides and alerts for each branch of service, and complaint and dispute resolution.
“One of the biggest complaints,” according to Sgt. Knowlton, “is finding the resources. It’s a hard transition when you get back from deployment.”
All BBB Military Line programs are available at www.bbb.org/connecticut/military-line.
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