Chazy native, author helping local charities through sales of his book

PLATTSBURGH - One military veteran is doing what he can to help others who have served their country.

Thomas A. Middleton, a National Guard veteran and native of Chazy, signed copies of his book, "Saber's Edge: A Combat Medic in Ramadi, Iraq," at Peaceful Dove Books and Gifts in Boynton Square last Sunday. However, the book signing wasn't just pomp and circumstance as a means to sell his 2009 book. It was also a way to get the word out the book's proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the James A. Bracy Veterans Scholarship Fund at Clinton Community College.

The scholarship fund - named in honor of the late James A. Bracy, who passed away in October 2009 - helps veterans and their families with costs associated with pursuing a college education.

"When a lot of veterans get back, they don't have jobs or have a hard time affording books or gas to get back and for from school," explained his wife, Linda Bracy. "This helps them with the basics."

Middleton, who now lives in Essex Junction, Vt., said helping the scholarship fund has special meaning to him as a Clinton Community College graduate.

"It's neat to be able to do this, because helping veterans is something I feel especially strong about," Middleton said of donating a portion of the proceeds from his book sales to the scholarship fund.

The same can be said for the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides "programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life."

"Wherever other programs fall short in helping veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project picks up the slack," said Middleton.

"Saber's Edge" will continue to be sold at Peaceful Dove Books and Gifts, 164 Boynton Ave., with proceeds to help the Wounded Warrior Project and the James A. Bracy Veterans Scholarship Fund.

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