Carlsbad veterans ask questions about benefits

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By Connie Lee

A squat, off-white building away from the bustle of Canal Street, the Carlsbad Veterans of Foreign Wars post is almost indistinguishable from the surrounding trailers, recognized only by three flags and a tiny sign with “VFW” in thin letters.

So when about 40 people drove to the building Thursday afternoon, the unassuming nature of the structure did little to show how extraordinary they were.

These Carlsbad military veterans, all of whom Don Lairson, a VFW representative, said had participated in some of the most significant events in United States history. After years of dodging bullets, grunting their way through grueling training, and not knowing exactly when political strife would send them overseas, they had finally come to either settle or work in Carlsbad.

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