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Camp helps families of fallen Special Forces understand the duties of their loved ones

July 20, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD — When the military funeral is over, families of soldiers killed in the service of their country can sometimes be left on their own to find a way to cope with that loss.

There are organizations that try to help, and Ret. Brig. Gen. Richard F. Keene, a longtime member of the R.I. National Guard, and former Blackstone and North Smithfield Town Administrator Kenneth M. Bianchi have found one they hope will make Rhode Island a great summer destination for teenagers facing such an adjustment.

The non-profit Gold Star Teen Adventures, offering summer camp experiences to the teen-aged children of fallen Special Forces members, will be opening its first sailing adventure camp in Newport and Jamestown this week, with the help of Keene, Bianchi, and a group of other Rhode Island volunteers. The plan is to treat the group of eight Gold Star Campers and three U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen to a wide-ranging sampling of Rhode Island sailing, cultural and military experiences that hopefully will also be offered in coming years.

Full story appears in Monday's Call.

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